Carving a Live Oak Applique

2017-04-08T23:46:12-04:00 January 13th, 2016|

This is an introduction to "Carving a Live Oak Applique."

This lesson teaches how to carve a simple applique of a majestic live oak tree. It was carved to be the focal point of a fireplace header, but the possibilities for applique installments are always endless. This isn't my typical, precision lesson with sharp lines and smooth surfaces. In fact, it's a perfect example of just how much life can be given to certain carvings by leaving and even accentuating different kinds of tool marks.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Cherry
  • Size: 10-1/4"w x 4"h x 7/8"d
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 6mm, v-chisel; #3, 6mm; #7; 14mm; #11, 3mm
  • Skill Level: Basic
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  1. David Bayne January 21, 2016 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    How do you hold down the scroll sawed blank. Screws or glued down paper?

    • Mary May January 21, 2016 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Hi David,
      I held it down with double sided duct tape. The brand is Suretape and can be purchased in the duct tape section at Lowes. It was released with denatured alcohol when finished. It works great!

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