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chip-carving-msg - 11/29/99


Suggestions and comments on chip-carving (A type of wood carving)


NOTE: See also the files: woodworking-msg, wood-msg, Relief-Carvng-art,  wood-bending-msg, wood-finishes-msg, tools-msg, tools-bib.





This file is a collection of various messages having a common theme that I  have collected from my reading of the various computer networks. Some messages date back to 1989, some may be as recent as yesterday.


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I  have done  a limited amount  of  editing. Messages having to do  with separate topics  were sometimes split into different files and sometimes extraneous information was removed. For instance, the  message IDs  were removed to save space and remove clutter.


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    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



From: "Michelle \"TJ\" Brunzie" <mbrunzie at radix.net>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: chip carving woes!

Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 17:34:11 -0400


Greetings all!  I have recently taken up chip carving, and I'm having a lot

of problems.  For one thing, my knife seems very reluctant to cut diagonally

across the grain.  I've tried sharpening it on the strop, and that only

helps marginally.  This is a piece of basswood I'm practicing on, and

everything I've read says basswood is *perfect* for chip carving, so I'm

completely baffled.  The next guess is that there's something wrong with my

technique, not inconceivable since I'm trying to teach myself with W.

Barton's _Chip Carving Techniques & Patterns_, and learning crafts from a

book frequently produces dubious results.  I'm especially having problems

because my hands are so small.  In one section on holding the knife for the

first position he says "Your thumb should never leave the handle while

cutting," and elsewhere he says, "In the first position, your thumb should

always be on your work."  My thumb isn't that big!  I have to hold the knife

blade instead of the handle to pull this trick off.


Suggestions?  Anything would be appreciated at this point!


Violante de las Manos Pequeas



From: "Esther Heller" <munged at kodak.com>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: chip carving woes!

Date: Fri, 8 Oct 1999 10:14:32 -0400

Organization: Eastman Kodak Company


Michelle "TJ" Brunzie wrote in message ...

>Greetings all!  I have recently taken up chip carving, and I'm having a lot

>of problems.

Details snipped...


>Suggestions?  Anything would be appreciated at this point!


Join the oldtools listserv devoted to hand toll woodworking, FAQ at


and ask there.  I don't carve but I am sure some of us do. For anyone

interested in non-electric woodworking of any sort, this is _the_ place.

I am by far the most vocal female but the the natives are friendly without

being forward.  Also an excellent source of tools, be sure to read the

section that describes "standard oldtools terms" for tool buying over the

internet that depends on the buyer's honor...



eoh at kodak dot com



From: Amy <kennedy at c3net.net>

Newsgroups: rec.org.sca

Subject: Re: chip carving woes!

Date: Mon, 11 Oct 1999 18:43:06 -0400


Michelle "TJ" Brunzie wrote:  

> Suggestions?  Anything would be appreciated at this point!


> Violante de las Manos Pequeas


Check the angle on the bevel of your slicing knife--it should be about

25-30 degrees. If the bevel's angle is greater than that, you're going

to need to reshape the edge.


Brian Cullen of Ormond


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