• From Kandy Cobourn on Drawing & Carving Celtic Knots - Episode 1

    Love the new class format instructions as always with so much information. Added enthusiasm and inspiration with great teaching is fantastic.

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    2023/03/16 at 3:56 pm
  • From imran sajan on Carving Lettering Samples

    Hi Mary. What is the smallest font you would reccommend for carved letters?

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    2023/03/15 at 5:09 am
    • From MaryMay on Carving Lettering Samples

      Hi Imran,
      I would say anything can be carved but it can get extremely challenging getting micro tools (or challenging to actually see the letters). I probably wouldn't carve anything smaller than 1/2 inch to be able to get good, clean edges.

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      2023/03/17 at 7:21 pm
  • From Martin Goodwin on Livestream #4 - Q&A

    I have trouble sharpening chisel with the bevel getting rounded with sharpening.. Would a Tormek ten inch wheel creat a hollow grind that the two edges will be on plane and not rounded?

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    2023/03/13 at 9:05 pm
    • From MaryMay on Livestream #4 - Q&A

      Hi Martin,
      A tormek certainly could create a hollow grind. But before you spend money on that, try sharpening it on a diamond stone and make sure each time you position it on the stone, make sure it hits the same angle each time. Make sure you lock your wrist and arm so the angle stays consistent. Have you watched my video on sharpening a curved gouge?

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      2023/03/17 at 8:14 pm
  • From Hardin Byars on Livestream #4 - Q&A

    Hi Mary. Love this new live format...
    For pattern transfer with an ink jet printer, I have used white butcher paper that is slick on one side. (you can buy it in 8.5" x 11" sheets on Amazon) I reverse the pattern then print on the slick side. Remove the paper from the printer then carefully position it on the wood blank and tape an edge to the wood. Once secure, I scrape the back with a credit card and the ink transfers the pattern nicely to the wood. It took a few tries to get the process down but it works.
    Because I'm a bit of a klutz and somewhat impatient, I now use a laser engraver on very low power and it is awesome!

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    2023/03/13 at 5:56 pm
    • From MaryMay on Livestream #4 - Q&A

      Hi Hardin,
      I'm so glad you like the new format! That's great to know.l

      I wasn't aware of that paper. I have heard that the paper left over after removing labels works the same way. The ink goes on the waxy surface, and as you said - scrape the back surface of the paper with a credit card and the ink releases. You do have to be careful, as the ink tends to stay liquid and can smear easily.

      Great idea of a laser engraver! I've never heard of that for transferring patterns onto wood.

      Have fun!

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      2023/03/17 at 8:18 pm
  • From Kandy Cobourn on Livestream #4 - Q&A

    Hope to one day be one of the live people. New microphone is great.

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    2023/03/09 at 4:53 pm
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