• From Norman Avery on Carving a Stylized Acanthus Leaf - Episode 2

    Thank you šŸ™‚

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    2021/02/23 at 3:16 pm
  • From Steven Coffey on Carving a Ball & Claw Foot - Episode 2

    Mary, if you were to use a bench chisel, what size would you recommend? 1/2ā€ or 3/4ā€ or ???

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    2021/02/23 at 2:29 am
  • From John MacDonald on Preparing to Carve - Beginner Lesson #1

    Hi Mary: Iā€™m new to this. Iā€™m planning on making chairs and end tables with some carving incorporated into the furniture. I think Iā€™m going to do well under your guidance. You made a wonderful introductory video. John

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    2021/02/22 at 7:53 pm
  • From Terry Liberty on Carving a Celtic Clover Knot - Episode 1

    Does anyone ever find small skew chisels helpful for the tight corners?

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    2021/02/21 at 12:48 pm
    • From MaryMay on Carving a Celtic Clover Knot - Episode 1

      Hi Terry,
      Definitely! But they are difficult to find with a very sharp corner. Sometimes you may have to reshape them on a grinder. But they so help in those awkward areas.

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      2021/02/23 at 10:15 am
  • From katie bowman on Carving a Basic Flower

    Thanks so much for these lessons, I'm working my way through the basics and will dive in deeper once I get there. I do have a question. How do you get the petals smooth without sanding it? Im wondering if I have a gouge that wasn't curved enough, I'm using the flex cut palm gauges. I keep getting the fuzz in hard to reach corners too that the toothpick can't get rid of. Thanks for any help I really appreciate these online classes!

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    2021/02/20 at 9:25 am
    • From MaryMay on Carving a Basic Flower

      Hi Katie,
      Welcome! You're not alone! I think the "fuzzies" are the most challenging part of carving - especially for beginners. First of all, the nature of basswood, being as soft as it is, has a tendency to get fuzzies for several reasons - maybe a tool is not quite sharp enough and it splits the wood rather than cutting it. Maybe the cuts are not very solid and are more hesitant, so the wood is not fully cut? Sometimes it might take 2 or 3 cuts to get the cut, where after some experience the same area can be cut with one, solid cut.

      Smoothing the surfaces really just takes experience, sharp tools, and a gouge that fits the curve as closely as possible. And what's wrong with a few gouge marks?? It makes it look authentically hand carved šŸ™‚

      I hope this helps!

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      2021/02/23 at 10:14 am
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