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Blog entry by Jiri Parkman posted 02-01-2008 08:48 PM 1722 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wooden mold for gingerbread. It used to be in many cottages in our cantry. This one belonged to my great-grandmother and could be some hundret of years old. This was one of my very first carvings about three
years ago. Now I made this carving again and hope it is a little better than the first one.
It is realy very easy and I would like to invite you to follow.


Stuff preparation.


You need only one chisel and one knife. And you carve layer by layer. (I need a little more than an hour.)


...and so on, and so on…


An arch, a hole and a little of sanding.


Do not exagerate the sanding. It´s an antiquity (copy). Today I would like to finish the sanding, make a coat by soneflower oil and send it as project. Simplicity of itself, isn´t it?

Yours Jiri Parkman

PS: Sory for my english.

-- Jiri

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 08:54 PM

By the way. I doesn´t harm to have some rolls in the shop. One never knows…

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 09:23 PM

the molds are a great idea. Don’t apologize, your english is great.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 09:33 PM

well you made it LOOK easy to do!!

(and yummy)
What a wonderful story as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 10:18 PM

Good job Jiri. MsDebbieP is right in that you make it look like “a piece of cake” or should I say roll in this case. Carving is a gift for those that are artistically inclined. This was not one of my gifts in life and I admire those who have this ability. But I can tell you without a doubt I would be intimidated by the thought of attempting something like this.

Do not apologize for your english. It is excellent. In fact it is far better than my Czechoslovakian.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 10:37 PM

Your English is fine, Jiri. Thanks for posting the blog.

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#6 posted 02-02-2008 12:10 AM

Thanks for sharing Juri. You colud have been a pattern maker, nice job. Don’t worry about you english, you did well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 02-02-2008 01:41 AM

Beautiful job wish I was that talented.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#8 posted 02-02-2008 03:17 AM

Incredible. Beautiful work, and a great tutorial.

Now I just need to figure out how to make gingerbread….

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#9 posted 02-02-2008 03:19 AM

Also, A beautiful vice on your bench.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#10 posted 02-02-2008 03:44 AM

Juri, This was a really nice post. Very interesting. I’d say that it is nice to have something that old ,still in the family and you carrying on the tradition. Looking forward to future post from you.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#11 posted 02-02-2008 09:05 AM

LJs thanks for your comments. It´s pleasant to read I´m talented. You exagerate nicely. It´s only a little patience. Thank you.

-- Jiri

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#12 posted 02-02-2008 02:28 PM

hahaa “exagerate nicely”...
we weren’t exaggerating!! Fantastic job

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 02-02-2008 06:12 PM

Very interesting. Can you make us some gingerbread as well? Keep up the posts.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#14 posted 02-06-2008 02:15 AM

Great Project! I think carving is facinating and to bring together the historical function of this piece with carving is great! Thanks for sharing.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#15 posted 02-07-2008 06:27 AM

Nice work! I would love to see the gingerbread result too!! How do these get used to make gingerbread?

-- Stickman Cliff

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