Wine Ceremony Box #3

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Project by oldwolf posted 09-10-2012 10:54 PM 3117 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am beginning to get pretty happy with what I am able to pull off in the carving department. In my opinion this is my best effort yet.

This is another Wine Ceremony Box built as a commission piece. It is Red Oak and the dimensions of the box are roughly 15” X 5” X 6” tall. The stock prep, surfacing, joinery, and carving all done by hand. No electrons were harmed in the construction of this box. I don’t have anything against electron genocide . . . I just like my way of doing things.

If you want to read more about my take on the build for this piece, I broke it down in more detail on my blog, Inside The Oldwolf Workshop. You can find the post here:

I know some folks out there are put back by the thought of carving oak but I find it really one of the more predictable woods I’ve carved, provided the grain pattern is good, tight, and straight. I find oak to be very predictable for this style of carving. I use a lot of controlled mallet work making these and that and reading the grain to my advantage helps the carving go smoothly.

Thanks for checking out my project,

Ratione et Passionis

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 11:05 PM

Great detail and very nice work Oldwolf. The proportions are pleasing to the
eye and the dovetails are done well.

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 01:44 AM

Great detail. Awesome job!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 01:55 AM

Beautiful box, your carving looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 01:56 AM

I like the dimentions of the chest with the bold dovetailing and carving. Overall a fine vessel for the bottle of wine.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 09-11-2012 03:27 AM

Very nice design & craftsmanship. A job well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#6 posted 09-11-2012 10:22 AM

Super nice, and congrats to the new couple.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 09-11-2012 11:43 AM

A handsome box. Oak has been traditionally used for carving and I think you got a great result with this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-11-2012 05:09 PM

Awesome box man. Great work.

I made one similar but following Peter Follansbee’ designs. I had a lot of chips I had to glue back on with oak, not sure what I was doing wrong.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 09-11-2012 06:42 PM

tru to do the same as carvers do here in denmark when they work
in the european oak thats tend to chipout for them
everytime they have carved 5 square inch they wax it with beewax or another clear
its chip out becourse the place you have just carved is drying out very fast
and if you then put threngh on it by coming back and using a carvingchisel near a highspot
it tend to break of an explanation I got once when I did take a combiened class of carving
and knifemaking

Oldwolf … great handwork

thanks for sharing


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#10 posted 09-11-2012 07:54 PM

Dennis, so you say they wax it before carving it or immediately after?

I know P. Follansbee uses green wood, mine was kiln dried so I’m sure that was a factor as well.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 09-11-2012 08:20 PM

I think they mostly can get kiln dried here too
they did wax immediatly after to prevent it to dry too much and be able to work
close to it again or rework on the area if needed
little werd for one to see if you never have done carving before
since at that time wax was a finisher for me and not something I expect to use during
the process of making the project
It don´t prevented all chipouts but my gess its over 95 % of chip outs during the carvingprocess
but don´t lynch me since my knowledge about is 20 years old
so I look forward to an update if you try it

best wishes

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#12 posted 09-11-2012 08:35 PM

Up to this point I have only used kiln dried wood as well. I know PF usually uses panels he has allowed to dry for two to four weeks so the wood has a dried crust on to but is softer and easier to carve beneath.

Chip out happens but I don’t get it a lot. Usually this can be mostly avoided through your stock selection process. Strait and fine grain is best, as close to quarter sawn or riven by the growth rings. If I’m buying my stock from a home center I have been know to unload the entire stock of red oak looking for the best board possible. Players frown at me as they walk by but I always clean up after myself and put what I don’t buy back nice and neat.

To reduce your chip out you want to pay attention to the finish of your cut. After you establish it’s placement with a vertical stabbing cut. Then as you make your mating undercut to that line you want to sneak up on it gently and once the cuts meet you want to take care not to try and flick the chip your removing off the board. It’s a little difficult to explain in words. Maybe I should shoot some video on the problem.

-- Oldwolf -

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#13 posted 09-12-2012 04:26 AM

Beautiful carving.One of the best I can even imagine.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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