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Project by Phil32 posted 12-23-2019 10:34 PM 610 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a class project at a woodcarvers event ten years ago. It is an 8” basswood plate blank. As with all chip carvings, the precise layout is critical.
The spiral pattern is developed by indexing the circle (in this case 30 divisions), then creating a template for the spiraling lines. The template has a radius about 2/3rds the radius of the plate. Use the template lined up with the indexing marks and the center to draw the lines. Flip the template & repeat.
As you can see in this example, the pattern results in areas at the center and edges where the triangles are too distorted for easy chip carving. It is best to fill those areas with other forms like leaves and rosettes. This center is filled with a leafy monogram. About three hours carving time.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!





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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 12-23-2019 11:19 PM

That’s really nice. 3 hours? It would take me 3 days, I think.

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

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cowboyup3371

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#2 posted 12-24-2019 02:05 AM

And me about 3 weeks

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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MrWolfe

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#3 posted 12-24-2019 02:13 AM

Beautiful work.
Is there any other wood species besides basswood that lends itself to chip carving such intricate designs?
Absolutely gorgeous piece.
Jon

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#4 posted 12-24-2019 09:52 AM

That is beautiful pattern Phil, and some really fine carving work. I especially like the relief carving together with the chip carving. Altogether a super nice piece.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-24-2019 05:56 PM

3 hours,days,weeks,i could never do it period i dont have that talent.beautiful carving phil.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Sasha

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#6 posted 12-24-2019 07:07 PM

Tender …..
I’ll be thinking for 3 hours … LOL ….

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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Phil32

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#7 posted 12-24-2019 07:38 PM

C’mon You guys! This is not too different from laying out dovetail joints and hand forming them. Simple, repetitious.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 12-24-2019 09:02 PM

Ha! And I don’t do them either! Yeah, I know, blasphemy. :D

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

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Phil32

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#9 posted 12-24-2019 09:03 PM

With sharp knives most any wood CAN be chip carved, but many of us prefer the ease of medium-soft basswood. Also, the principle fear is pieces splitting off, so closed grains are better. Conifers (pine, cedar) tend to be “splitty.”
I have had good luck with butternut, sycamore, sequoia redwood, aspen, but most have been experiments. If I don’t want to worry about the wood, I choose basswood.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#10 posted 12-24-2019 09:47 PM

Nice work Phil, it would be good to see an angled shot and the knives you used

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#11 posted 12-25-2019 02:24 AM

Beautiful work, Phil!

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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Phil32

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#12 posted 12-25-2019 03:26 AM

Dan Katz – This carving was done with a single knife of the typical chip carving shape #1 – from Woodcraft. I have used others, including a fishtail gouge as explained in this posting:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/399401

I’ll take some angled photos and closeups of the plate and try to add them to this entry. You may also get your answers from the angled shots in the posting above. Note the knife shown in one of the photos is NOT the one I used on this project.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#13 posted 12-25-2019 08:12 AM

I bet CNC wouldn’t do better!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 12-27-2019 05:30 AM

Phil,

WOW! I think I’d go bonkers trying to do that… Looks like a super challenge of Concentration… One slip & it’s trash.

You did a great job, as usual.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php?media/albums/users/joe-lyddon.1389/

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MyChipCarving

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#15 posted 01-11-2020 08:08 PM

Good looking plate, Phil! Nice shadows :-)

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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