This is a brief introduction to "Basic Finishing Techniques for Basswood Carvings."
Special guest Dan Hamilton teaches us some basic finishing techniques for basswood carvings.
- Lesson contents: single episode
- Skill Level: Basic
Learn how to carve the piece shown in this lesson! Watch the free Beginner Lesson #13, Carving a Camellia Flower.
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Is there more episodes to Basic Finishing after the intro?
At this time, this is the only episode with Dan and finishing. However I hope to get together with him again soon and film some more advanced finishing techniques. Stay tuned!
I am new to relief carving. You can tell by the many bandaids I proudly display. I was looking forward to seeing more on basic finishing especially using wax. Your guest referred to staining/tinting and using wax. I have done only 6 carvings to date and am getting tired of messing up hours of work by trying to finish them. I just signed up to your website and am looking forward to your instruction and inspiration. Do you have a lesson on how to get blood stains out of basswood? – Tommy G
Well, the blood stains truly prove that it is hand carved. You have definitely become a part of your carving!
I am working with Dan Hamilton on getting more lessons that go to the next step of putting a finish on carvings. I too have stayed away from finishing because of the fear of destroying something that I have worked so hard on. Working with Dan has caused me to relax a little and not be so terrified of it. Stay tuned… more to come.
Dan said to use denatured alcohol to cut down the shellac all I see around here is marked fuel is that the same
Where do you live? I have heard that in Canada denatured alcohol is not sold, and maybe in the UK. Or maybe it’s sold under a different name, but not sure. This is probably a question for a professional finisher, as they may have substitutions that they can recommend. I know that 190 proof grain alcahol also works.
Sorry I can’t help any ore than this.