Basic Finishing Techniques for Basswood Carvings

2017-04-09T00:16:25-04:00 March 4th, 2015|

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.

Learn how to carve the piece shown in this lesson! Watch the free Beginner Lesson #13, Carving a Camellia Flower.

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  1. Lawrence Lancaster March 4, 2015 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Is there more episodes to Basic Finishing after the intro?

    • Mary May March 5, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

      Hi Lawrence,
      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!

  2. Tom Grande March 30, 2015 at 11:19 am - Reply

    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

    • Mary May March 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Tom,
      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.


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