Monday, November 24, 2008

Follow My Carving - Step 10

To celebrate Heartwood Art carvings being featured in the winter issues of Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw magazines, a new series is being added to the blog and site titled "Follow My Carving". The prototype of this piece will be shown in one of the magazines. Now you can follow along as it is finished, step-by-step.

Now that the bark carving is finished, it’s time to put on the first coat of oil. But first, a suspension frame must be built to allow the carving to be oiled on all sides simultaneously. Since the carving is 11x11 inches, the frame is sized to allow about ½ inch clearance on all sides. The interior of this frame is 12x12 inches and is made from 1x3 pine stock. Drywall screws are placed on the topside, but not screwed all the way in. This will allow the carving to be strung across the frame in suspension.

Next, the carving is prepared.
A staple gun is loaded with 3/8 inch staples and the wire guide is set in the active position. This will allow the staples to be firmly secured and leave enough room to insert wires for attaching the carving to the suspension frame.

Since so much material has been removed from the carving, it is far too weak to insert the staples while standing upright. The carving must be laid flat, with one side near the edge of the bench and held in place by pressing down firmly from the top. Great care must be taken to exert enough pressure with the gun to secure the staple, but not so much as to crack the carving.

The next installment is coming soon.

To see more carvings, please visit the Heartwood Art site.


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