Relief carving of Rainbow Trout

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This one of the relief carvings I made using the carving easel I displayed in my other project posting. I enjoy using one inch pine dimensional lumber from Home Depot since that is all that there is available here locally that is affordable. Plus, I like the grain pattern that comes to life when I color the carving with artist oil paints thinned with tongue oil or linseed oil.

Over the years of carving I have made wood spirits, walking sticks, cottonwood bark houses, and basswood caricatures, but find my current interest in relief carving quite enjoyable.

-- Richard in Oroville

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 06:51 PM

Hey Richard,I love fishing and I am trying to start doing some carving,I really like your trout.If i were to try carve this what tools would be needed?

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 07:09 PM

For the detail work I use a Flexcut set that has one handle with interchangeable blades. It is a nice selection, comes very sharp, and very affordable (around $30 or so). For aggressive material removal during the first stage of carving when I am relieving the background I use one of the two-hand Ashley Isles gouges. I am very limited on budget so I don’t have a large selection of tools like some carvers. Still, I try to follow the advice I was given at a carving club—”buy the best tools that you can afford and then expand as you get into carving. One AI gouge costs as much as that Flexcut set, but man-o-man can it remove wood with little effort. Also, don’t overlook spending some money, (not much) for some good sharpening stones and a leather strop. Learning to keep those wonderfully sharp tools sharp will add a lot of enjoyment to your carving and lower the frustration level greatly.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask me, or any carver advice. We all love to share. Join a carving club in your area if you can find one, otherwise read carving magazines, books, and internet forums. There are some great carvers here at LumberJocks too.

-- Richard in Oroville

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 08:55 PM

Thanks for the reply Richard i have a small flexcut set that came with a gouge and vtool,im in ireland and the tools are very expensive,i bought a sloped gouge for carving spoon bowls today it was e42 which is $56!im finding it have to round the edges of what i am doing to stop it looking so flat

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 09:53 PM

Very nice—looks like he’s rising for the take.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 10:35 PM

Ashe, you are not alone in your efforts to not have flat looking carvings. I think everyone does at some point. For me, carving is like painting in that I have to push myself to go a little farther than I am really comfortable with. Most of the time, I am glad I did. Would love to come visit the land of my ancestors some day.

Hillbilly, yep that was my intention. I miss scampering along mountain streams with my fly rod so I try to recreate some of that love with the carvings of trout.

Thanks all for the compliments. You are motivating me to carve some more.

-- Richard in Oroville

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#6 posted 07-31-2014 09:50 AM

Love it wish I could do that.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 04-24-2020 08:16 PM

Hi Richard, I like your trout relief carving. Did you use a pattern from online that I could find? If so please provide the link, I’d like to do a similar carving. Thank you

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#8 posted 04-28-2020 12:50 AM

Nice carving, and nicely painted! Wow, this is an old thread! Richard549 hasn’t posted in over 5 years!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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