Mary May's on line wood carving lessons ***AND turning blanks for carving a Philly Highboy rosette

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Blog series by xraydav updated 10-28-2014 07:28 PM 4 parts 13049 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Basic beginnings for a new carver...

10-06-2014 10:25 PM by xraydav | 4 comments »

FIRST ENTRY Have been selling these deck cooler cabinets pretty well this summer. My twist is to carve on the front of them. Team logos, peoples names, company logos… etc. But my carving skills were defined by he sharpness of the Knack knife I was using. Went to Woodcraft in Walpole MA and saw Andrew Teixeira do a carving exhibition a month or so ago. Got the bug, but the first class was not until November. So I googled wood carving lessons and found Mary May ! And that was a ...

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Part 2: Moving beyond the first 13 online lessons..

10-19-2014 01:54 AM by xraydav | 1 comment »

Didn’t think when I signed up for online carving lessons that there would be any interaction with the teacher. I was wrong. You get to ask questions, make comments and post your completed lessons for feedback. If you check out Mary May’s online carving lessons you will see that in and amongst the 50+ video lessons, there are the first 13 lessons. The basics. These take you through different kinds of gouges and chisels, sharpening those gouges and chisels. Sharpening a V Ch...

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Part 3: FOURTH ENTRY Celtic Knots and Tudor Rose

10-28-2014 06:57 PM by xraydav | 0 comments »

One of the lessons was on Celtic Knots. I was fascinated with the subject and chose to pull some designs I liked off of the net and came up with three I liked… The first one was 3 loops intertwined and I like it because of its basket weave appearance. Next I wanted to try a simple infinity loop looking design… And then I decided to design one myself. There was a very cool Celtic Knot with a circle woven into it… so I decided to draw it into a hexagon and lea...

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Part 4: A place so store my now, 40 gouges and chisels

10-28-2014 07:28 PM by xraydav | 1 comment »

I wanted to make something to store my chisels safely. I started with an approximate size knowing I have about 40 chisels and gouges so far. I sawed 3/4 pine in half and hand cut some dovetail ends. Cut a recess in the bottom of the sides for a plywood bottom. 3/16 luan. Then I took some 3/4 pine strips 2” wide and used a forstner bit to put some 1” holes into them. These would hold the tools. I made a second frame with the same hole pattern, offset the front...

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