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Old 01-31-2010, 05:19 AM   #31
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beautiful work....bravo



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Old 01-31-2010, 05:43 AM   #32
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:47 PM   #33
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DAMN! I dabble in woodwork, but you are an artist. The second one is by far nicer. Nice choice of wood. Are these designs just in your head or are you going off a drawing/template?

Too bad tiger maple is so expensive...

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Old 02-02-2010, 08:56 PM   #34
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...I did a lot of carving in my youth...mostly caricatures and things...sort of like these examples...

http://www.pioneermtwoodworking.com/catalog7.html

...not carved in a long time...from this thread it sounds like you are just starting...keep up the good work...looks great!

Of note, I have a lot of different carving tools...oddly, this (with the curved blade) was always my favorite..

http://www.xacto.com/Product/X3261

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Nice stuff, Woodstone. Yeah, I've done some woodworking, but I'm fairly new to actual carving. Thanks to craigslist, though, I've got a much larger tool collection than I did a few months ago The Xacto blades haven't come out in awhile - had to dig a couple tips out that snapped in a tight corner, so don't use them as often.

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DAMN! I dabble in woodwork, but you are an artist. The second one is by far nicer. Nice choice of wood. Are these designs just in your head or are you going off a drawing/template?

Too bad tiger maple is so expensive...
Thanks for the compliments, all. I sketched out a design freehand first, then once I had it all cleaned up I made a copy and glued it to the wood before drilling and sawing out the holes. Not sure if that's what you meant by a template? The original designs were mine, at least as much as anyone can lay claim to variations of celtic knotwork that's been around for centuries

Trying to decide on my next wood - will probably go with black walnut, so I can have some darker handles for porters and stouts. I've got a few beautiful scraps of figured wood, including some curly maple, but I'm not sure whether the pattern would show up very well, since there aren't very many unbroken surfaces.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:49 AM   #35
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I like those black ones.







Seriously though, that's some amazing work.

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Old 02-03-2010, 01:16 AM   #36
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sweet.
when I win the Lotto... you will be making my brewpub's tap handles.

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Doooood, you got skills bro.

I'm sticking to lathe work, lest I make a fool of myself

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very very nice

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So cool. You may have a side business if you notice these comments....

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Got caught up enough on other woodworking projects that I have time to try another handle. I got some questions about process on the last one, so I'll try to post a few more "in progress" pictures this time.

Here's the design I'm planning to use. May end up needing to simplify it some more if the gaps are too tight, though - it's more detailed than the last one. I've been tinkering with the drawing off and on for a bit, trying to come up with something that suggests a stylized hop vine. Comments/suggestions welcome.

Next steps are to choose a wood, glue the template down, and cut out the voids with a scroll saw.





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