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    • From John McKenna on Carving a Simplified Roman Acanthus - Episode 2

      Mary, do you change the bevel angle on your gouges to deal with the tougher wood?

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      2019/11/16 at 12:02 pm
      • From MaryMay on Carving a Simplified Roman Acanthus - Episode 2

        I generally don't change the bevel because I use all my tools on every kind of wood. Oak is probably the hardest wood I have carved in, and I just make sure I use the gouges that hold up the best. And that is simply from using the tools over the years and understanding which ones are more durable. The durability is a combination of bevel angle, thickness of metal in the shank, and quality of metal. Otherwise, I simply re-sharpen 🙂

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        2019/11/18 at 11:29 am
    • From John McKenna on Carving a Simplified Roman Acanthus - Episode 1

      To mark the border, would you ever consider using a marking gauge, particularly a wheeled gauge, instead of a pencil?

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      2019/11/16 at 11:55 am
    • From Dan Endsley on Carving a Basic Flower

      Great video Mary.
      I appreciate you putting together this free video series. I'm learning a lot, and watching these videos is good for my blood pressure. Your presentation is a nice combination of Bob Ross, Paul Sellers and Mr Rogers ("Won't you be my neighbor"). I like your style!
      Hopefully I will get the chance to take a class one day soon.
      Best wishes and continued success,
      Dan

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      2019/11/06 at 6:38 am
    • From Roberta on Carving a Rice Sheaf Applique

      These are beautiful!

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

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      2019/10/23 at 8:40 pm
      • From MaryMay on Carving a Rice Sheaf Applique

        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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        2019/10/25 at 11:22 am
    • From Bill Pierce on Carving an Oak Leaf - Episode 2

      Hi Mary,
      Great lesson in some really delicate carving. Was wondering. Is there a point at which you would hold the work in one hand and use a knife or use some kind of form fitting backer to support the work? Or would you just hold it on the flat backer and do as much undercutting as possible to the limits of this technique?
      Thanks.
      - Bill

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      2019/10/21 at 11:00 pm
      • From MaryMay on Carving an Oak Leaf - Episode 2

        Hi Bill,
        Because I am not comfortable holding the carving in my hand and carving it I would try every attempt at holding the wood to the bench. There are many options, but as it gets more and more delicate it gets more challenging. I have used a whittling knife do make some final cuts along edges, but really am not proficient in this type of carving. I make sure I have lots of tape around my fingers to protect them.

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        2019/10/25 at 11:19 am
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