Just a quick note to let you all know, this weekend we will be having two carving classes. These two classes are distinctly different but will be very informative and interesting indeed.
The first of the classes, held this Friday June 24th will be on chip carving. This form of carving differs from most carving in that it requires very few tools. In fact all the carving is done primarily with only one knife! You can do the work sitting down and you can even do it in the comfort of your own home.
In this class we will cover sharpening as well as layout, and then move into carving borders and rosettes. The last thing we will cover is how to carve lettering. This is really a great way to personalize your work or just make a stand alone piece. If you are interested in attending this course it will be held this Friday June 24th, you can register here. CHIP CARVING CLASS
The next course of interest is this Saturday June 25th. It is on Spoon carving. You will leave with a spatula, a spoon, and a ladle, all hand carved! You can actually read an earlier post on the last spoon carving class by clicking the link, SPOON CARVING CLASS.
To register for this class simply click here and sign up!
I hope to see you all this weekend!
Today I spent a good part of the day doing something that I don’t usually do everyday, carving Hebrew letters! I really enjoy carving and have done some throughout the past 15 years or so, from chip carved signs to hand carved eagles. It seems like I tend to do more letter carving than anything.
Jonathan recently made a bed for a customer who wanted an inscription in the bed in Hebrew. Here are a few pictures of work in progress.
Typically, I just do all the letters with a single chip carving knife, but the wood used in the bed was quite hard, so I roughed it out with a v-tool and then went back with various gouges to remove the waste. Then I cleaned it up with a razor sharp chip carving knife. This bed is made out of old growth Long Leaf Pine, which was reclaimed from some old building timbers from New York City. There are many hard and soft growth rings in the wood which made it quite difficult to execute. Hopefully my next carving job will be in a more manageable wood like my favorite, basswood!
Here is the finished carving. We actually teach a one day class on chip carving, where you will learn how to carve borders, rosettes and even some lettering. If you interested in the next course, which will be held on June 24th, click on the link. Chip Carving Course