• From Charles Oelsner on Linenfold Carving - Drapery Style

    Toward the end of the video you carved three "bowls" with a slicing cut twisting the gouge TOWARD the edge. These bowls were the hardest of the carving for me. Moreover, the twisting was counter-intuitive to me, but I think I almost have it now.

    Thank you for your helpful advice. I have learned a lot.

    Chuck Oelsner

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    2012/08/13 at 4:18 pm
    • From Mary May on Linenfold Carving - Drapery Style

      Thanks Chuck,
      Terminology gets a little tricky here. It's so much easier to show. I think the word "edge" gets confusing - what edge???
      The edge I am referring to is the area of the linenfold that rounds over to appear like it is folding under. Hmmm. That probably doesn't explain it any better.

      The bottom line is, most times when you cut across the grain in this "bowl" cut, and you want to keep a crisp edge, you twist the tool AWAY from the edge to keep that edge from breaking.

      The twisting is VERY important when cutting across the grain, and it is not a massive twist - just very subtle - enough to cause it to slice rather than just push through the wood. This slicing is also important when you want to have better control over where the gouge will stop. It is a good cut to get the hang of - I use it quite often.

      Have Fun! Hope this helps.

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      2012/08/13 at 4:36 pm
  • From Bob Easton on Carving Egg & Dart Molding - "Production Mode"

    Perfect! Exactly what I was curious about.

    Maybe in future episodes you could include a few seconds of work holding information, especially for things that aren't easily held secure.


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    2012/08/06 at 4:50 pm
  • From Bob Easton on Carving Egg & Dart Molding - "Production Mode"

    How is the work piece held?

    It seems to me that having the work surface as horizontal as possible would ease the carving. Yet, that means having the back of the work set at an angle, probably 45 degrees.

    Is that what you do? ... and how?

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    2012/08/06 at 7:31 am
    • From Mary May on Carving Egg & Dart Molding - "Production Mode"

      For this particular molding I cut several pieces of wood with a 90 degree notch and placed these throughout the length of the molding. Then just placed bar-clamps at the location of these cut-out pieces (the clamps would be on the curved surface of the molding - If the clamps are metal, you may want to put some protection between the clamp and the wood such as leather, cardboard, etc to protect the wood from denting - this also holds the clamps from slipping). The longer the molding, the more of these you will need to have because it can get springy if there is too much space between these braces. Another way I have done this (especially with long lengths of egg and dart) is get a length of wood (maybe 2 ft) and do this same 90 degree notch down the length of the board. Make 2 or 3 of these boards and use these as supports for the molding.

      The only draw-back with this process is that every few feet you have a clamp to deal with. So either skip the clamped section and continue the production technique on the other side of it, or move the clamps around. When you're into production mode, it's hard to stop and re-set clamps, so I usually just skip over the clamped areas and do those areas at the end.

      This technique of clamping held the molding so the angle was comfortable to carve and supported it solidly. If the molding were just clamped with the flat edge against the bench, it would be awkward to make many of these cuts, and the clampling process would be difficult because any clamp would go on the fragile edge of the molding, and not on the curved surface.

      Hope this helps!

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      2012/08/06 at 9:43 am
  • From Curt Carter on What videos would you like to see?

    I was going to ask for ball & claw and new port shell carving, but I noticed the main page says it's coming soon! I look forward to seeing those videos.

    I think another neat idea could be to have a page dedicated to carving templates. You can have templates (perhaps with real photos) listed from all the video projects as well as additional templates for other various furniture and architectural carvings.

    I also just wanted to thank you for providing the tool list, template, and a photo of the finish piece for every project. As well as providing the number of every tool you switch to while you are carving. I have to say that I am very happy to have found your online school and I look forward to seeing the site evolve over time.

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    2012/08/05 at 12:12 pm
  • From Dave Redlin on Carving an Acanthus Leaf on a Turned Post - Episode 1

    Hi Mary,
    I second the request for DVD's. It's easy to have the DVD going while in the shop...whereas the computer in the dusty environment might eventually cause some issues. Thanks, Dave Redlin

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    2012/07/21 at 9:22 pm