Sunday 27 December 2020

More Carving Practice

 Following on from my last post. I've managed to fit in some more carving practice over the Christmas period. 

Architectural carvings have always fascinated me and it's something I've always wanted to learn to be able to do myself. A rosette seemed like a good place to start, and was part of an online course I'm doing with carving. 

I decided after my first attempt to flip it over and try again, after all practice makes perfect and it's a good use of the wood. 

I've also had a bit of company while I've been in the workshop - my youngest has discovered the joys of a piece of wood, a hammer and a handful of nails - lots of entertainment! 

The second carving I decided to make up a few leather strops to get the keenest edge possible on the tools - used with some homemade stropping/honing paste. 

It's amazing how much faster the second one was compared to the first one. Hopefully the speed will come after more practice. 

Anyone else do small pieces of carving just for practice?

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Practicing carving

So I have a little commission to make in the form of a small box. So to make things harder for myself I've decided to carve a small pattern on the front. 

The real box will be in oak but I had some tulip to make a complete test run and make sure everything works well together. 

A fairly simple pattern, but a good piece to practice on. When I carve the real one the corner of the border will be stopped and started better. and I'll tidy up the cuts more. 

Thursday 26 November 2020

Mini Skirting

The other day there was a good blending of old and new technology. 

I was making 1:12 scale skirting for a project. 

 To do this I ended up using a top end sander and extractor along side a moulding plane I got from a car boot sale for £2! 

Lovely to use it - the perfect tool for the job!

Saturday 21 November 2020

Breeding Push Sticks

 For the last few months I've been breeding push sticks and they're now finally big enough to come out of their pen and be used. 

I've selectively bred them for their brightly coloured plumage so they stand out from the common spotted offcut that they will often try to hide with...

Thursday 12 November 2020

A Simple Hand Carved Fireplace

 I carved four of these and no one gave me a lift to put them into place!

Luckily they weren't too heavy! 

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Cabin Bed Alteration

Managed to do some work in an empty house for a customer. 

Altering a bed and a few other small jobs. 

The bed was a standard bed but they wanted it to go over the bunkhead that closed off the stairs. In the end I replaced most of the original bed!  Making three new legs, the ladder on the end and the safety rails to stop him falling out of bed.

I enjoyed this commission. Most could be made at home then assembled on site.
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