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SlimYoung123

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12-13-2021 01:26 PM

I am a total rookie chip carver . Just got started and somebody referred me to this site . I just now joined here and hope I am posting this in the right forum .


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#1 posted 12-13-2021 02:19 PM

Hello, I took it up several years ago, and although I don’t do much now, I did really enjoy it (I think I enjoyed the layout more than the carving!).

I took a class from Wayne Barton which was very good. I think most of the classes are online.

What brand of knives do you have? The Barton knives are excellent, patterned after Pfeil but with better handles.

I don’t know how many are on this site, you can do a search.

The top pic is one of my first you can see its pretty amateurish. I did progress a little tho.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 12-13-2021 02:37 PM

Welcome 2 LJ’s search for fancy chip she use to sell patterns :<)))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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SlimYoung123

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#3 posted 12-13-2021 03:55 PM



Hello, I took it up several years ago, and although I don t do much now, I did really enjoy it (I think I enjoyed the layout more than the carving!).

I took a class from Wayne Barton which was very good. I think most of the classes are online.

What brand of knives do you have? The Barton knives are excellent, patterned after Pfeil but with better handles.

I don t know how many are on this site, you can do a search.

The top pic is one of my first you can see its pretty amateurish. I did progress a little tho.

- Robert


Thanks for reply and I would be real happy to get to the stage of your first one. So far it has just been practice boards I have been working on. I started with a Flexcut knife but had problems with improper sharpening techniques (my bad). Then I god a diamond series knife from Marty at My Chip Carving which made a huge difference, I am not really interested in making patterns but just cutting them whenever I get to the point of tackling a more advanced pattern . I am looking for a basic pattern to start with but most I have seen so far appear to be too advanced for a beginner .

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SlimYoung123

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#4 posted 12-13-2021 04:00 PM


Hello, I took it up several years ago, and although I don t do much now, I did really enjoy it (I think I enjoyed the layout more than the carving!).

I took a class from Wayne Barton which was very good. I think most of the classes are online.

What brand of knives do you have? The Barton knives are excellent, patterned after Pfeil but with better handles.

I don t know how many are on this site, you can do a search.

The top pic is one of my first you can see its pretty amateurish. I did progress a little tho.

- Robert

Thanks for reply and I would be real happy to get to the stage of your first one. So far it has just been practice boards I have been working on. I started with a Flexcut knife but had problems with improper sharpening techniques (my bad). Then I god a diamond series knife from Marty at My Chip Carving which made a huge difference, I am not really interested in making patterns but just cutting them whenever I get to the point of tackling a more advanced pattern . I am looking for a basic pattern to start with but most I have seen so far appear to be too advanced for a beginner .

- SlimYoung123


Sorry , I did not see an edit button where I could edit my typos in the above message . Should I be replying from the bigger area below messages instead of relying as a quote ?

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#5 posted 12-13-2021 06:10 PM

There is a lady who posts under the name “FancyChip”. You should look at the things she has posted here.

Here are her projects.

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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SlimYoung123

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#6 posted 12-13-2021 06:22 PM

Thanks for posting that Paul .Her work is so advanced and beautifully done. Beautiful to look at and an inspiration to anyone starting in chip carving . .I am still searching for a few basic patterns to get me started .

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#7 posted 12-14-2021 02:38 PM

She sells digital download patterns on her etsy site

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 12-16-2021 01:47 AM

she has not posted since 8/17/19 :<(((((((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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JohnCageBubblegum

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#9 posted 05-24-2022 07:38 PM

Also super new to chip carving. I got the Barton knife and I’ve got about 10 bf of catalpa sitting in my basement from another project to practice on..
I read the Barton book and watched some videos for knife sharpening but I just can’t seem to get it sharp enough. I’m using the same set of waterstones that I get my chisels and plane irons arm-hair-shaving-sharp with but I can’t seem to get this knife to that degree of sharpness – arm hair is fully intact.
Any suggestions?

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Aj2

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#10 posted 05-24-2022 09:56 PM

I would like to suggest. I’m not a chip carver mostly a common house carver that sits next to the stove on rainy days.
Knives can be tricky two suggestions hold the blade flat draw it away from the edge until you can see a wire.
If you don’t see one on the tip don’t worry you work the tip separately from the rest.
Last suggestion clean your polishing stone so you can see where you hitting.

Here a wire from a 1000 grit

Here’s the polishing stone clean.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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Dark_Lightning

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#11 posted 05-24-2022 10:08 PM



she has not posted since 8/17/19 :<(((((((((((

- GR8HUNTER

She gone to the big time. Article(s) in carving magazines and a tutorial at FWW online, iirc.

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

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bold1

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#12 posted 05-24-2022 10:52 PM

Just my 2 cents. But when I started the gentleman that was showing me how, had me lay out my initials on a piece of graph paper. I then shaded the reverse with a #2 pencil to turn it into a carbon., and transferred it onto a piece of scrap. He told me when I could follow the lines that they were straight and of equal depth we’d move on. I think everything that I owned at that time, that was wood, got my initials carved into them. It was simple, cheap, and good practice. I still find that a straight pattern design is harder to make look pleasing to the eye than a curve. Especially if the grain isn’t straight with the design.

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Aj2

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#13 posted 05-24-2022 11:02 PM


she has not posted since 8/17/19 :<(((((((((((

- GR8HUNTER

She gone to the big time. Article(s) in carving magazines and a tutorial at FWW online, iirc.

- Dark_Lightning

Johncage bubble gum has posted asking for suggestions. 5/24/22
Hopefully Phil will see his post and offer suggestions.
How to sharpen a chip knife. I do remember them having a different shape than a regular carving knife.

-- Aj

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Phil32

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#14 posted 05-24-2022 11:37 PM

Hello SlimYoung123 – I do chip carving now and then for variety. Mostly I do relief carvings. One of the essentials is learning to make repeated cuts at the same exact angle and depth. Now do it while changing its position relative to the grain direction. It comes with the same advice: Practice, practice, practice. Now add the word “more” in front of each “practice.” Chip carving can also be done with a fishtail gouge.
Here are some chip carvings I’m sort-of proud of: Several more among my Projects on this site.

Thanks AJ for the compliment!

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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Aj2

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#15 posted 05-25-2022 01:11 AM

Your welcome Phil. I enjoy seeing your work. :)

-- Aj

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