Carving a Rice Sheaf Applique

2019-10-16T17:11:38-04:00 October 16th, 2019|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Rice Sheaf Applique."

This three episode lesson shows how to carve a large applique of a sheaf of rice.

  • Lesson Contents: 3 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Size: 13"w x 15"h x 3/4"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #1, 18mm;#3, 6mm; #3, 18mm; #5, 14mm; #5, 25mm
  • Level: Intermediate


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  1. Roberta October 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    These are beautiful!

    How do you attach the applique so that wood movement doesn’t damage it, especially as the bracket outdoors? Or do you just consider that just part of the Process?

    • MaryMay October 25, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Hi Roberta,
      The main thing to do is to make sure the grain is going in the same direction. There is more change of splitting apart if the grain of the carving does not match the grain of the bracket. Other than that, make sure that each of the pieces is fully dried so there is as little movement as possible. Another thing to consider is how it is sealed. It is best to seal with something air-tight to minimize moisture absorption. Epoxy coating is sometimes good for outdoor pieces, and then paint over the top of that. The difficulty is the more coatings you put on, the more the details of the carving gets washed out.

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