Wood Carving - my learning journey. #1: First attempt at "Grape Cluster" Day #1

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Blog entry by woodworm posted 05-11-2012 03:27 PM 5383 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, previously I did chip-carving on the box’s lid of The Manggo Box (box made out of manggo wood). That was too basic – just a series of straight lines. Now I wanted to try something a bit complex and challenging – “Grape Cluster” I saw this image at Osborne Wood Product Inc.

After spending an hour or so, I felt sleepy…and could not clearly see the pencil lines. Sometime did not follow the drawing. I combined two grapes into one…and made many changes..
I do not have any plan what to do with this carving, not until this post.

The wood used : Kembang Semangkok (Scaphium spp.)
Tools ( All-hand tools) Beginners carving chisels, Coping Saw, file and rasp.
Additional info : the chisels are very sharp out of box.

Thanks for looking – comments and suggestions are most welcomed, please please!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 04:35 PM

I have to admire you for even trying to carve this. I’d say you’re off to a good start.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 06:51 PM

Looks Great! Also, looks like a lot of work!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 01:07 AM

That’s a great start. I’ll make some comments but by the looks of things you are well on your way at working through it anyway. Don’t forget there has to be a bit of roundness to the overall shape to give the grapes the dimension they need. The centre area is perfect right now as it sits. Now the outside areas have to present a slight arch and this is achieved by making the grapes ever so slightly smaller and the depth between the grapes less noticeable. The branch which holds the grapes will also be smaller and more round relative to the cluster. Overall, you’ve picked a subject that is a real challenge and appear to be right at home with it.

Cheers, keep your hands behind the blade….Wazy

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 02:48 AM

agreed great start

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 01:26 AM

Looks great sir! I can’t wait to see it when it is finished. Keep those chisels sharp and you should have no problems. Cheers Todd

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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