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Carving Acorn Cap

Hello Carvers,

I’m a crossover from the General Woodworking and Turning forums.

I’ve never carved and I suspect I wouldn’t get very good at it even if I practiced.

But, lack of skill and talent has never stopped me from screwing up a perfectly good piece of wood before.

I’m making a turning that will hopefully look like an acorn when I’m done. But even with the cap shaped accurately, it will look better if I’m able to simulate the texture that actual acorns have. When complete, the turning will be a bit over 3” in diameter.

I’d like suggestions for how to do this given my skill level (or lack thereof). By the way, I have no carving tools (yet), so please factor that in.
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a cheap set of riffler files from HF or ebay will get you in the ballpark.
after you get the project turned, thumb through Google for some examples.
Edit: are you going to turn the whole thing out of one piece of wood ??
or, use two different types to offset the cap from the nut.
if you are going to do many, I would suggest a hand grinder
of some sort or flex shaft.
all you have to do for the cap is some simple cross-hatching with some files.

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