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AwesomeOpossum74 12-12-2019 04:12 PM

Hand carving in walnut / cherry?
 
Carving is my new segway in furniture making.

My wife says my next project is a small sitting bench for the living room. I'm in early planning stage, but am pretty sure it will primarily be in walnut. I may inlay some cherry, or combine the two in other ways.

I'd also like to incorporate some limited chip and/or relief carving. Is it crazy to think carving is reasonably doable in these woods?

John Smith_inFL 12-12-2019 04:57 PM

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I have carved several scallop shells in mahogany and cherry
with very satisfactory results.
when I talk with novice carvers, I always recommend carving the scallop.
it is a great practice piece for design, and layout. minimal tools are needed.
embellishing a mahogany shell with gold leaf lends a "richness" to any piece.

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_Ogre 12-13-2019 01:17 AM

we're talking cnc router carving?
i shudder at the thought of anything else :wink:

BigJim 12-13-2019 08:29 AM

With good sharp knives or chisels, walnut isn't so bad, but cherry is pretty tough. Just a thought, cherry will darken really dark over time and might not show up so much in the walnut.

John Smith_inFL 12-13-2019 08:39 AM

LOL Ogre - I always forget to ask that question.
no, I personally am talking about carving tools held in the hand
to produce carved wood items.

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AwesomeOpossum74 12-13-2019 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by _Ogre (Post 2084627)
we're talking cnc router carving?
i shudder at the thought of anything else :wink:

LOL ... I guess I failed to mention what tools ... The plan is chip knives and/or my new carving chisels.

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Originally Posted by BigJim (Post 2084641)
With good sharp knives or chisels, walnut isn't so bad, but cherry is pretty tough. Just a thought, cherry will darken really dark over time and might not show up so much in the walnut.

I guess I'll need to cut a chunk of each type and see how I like carving on them.

Also, good to know about the cherry darkening.

AwesomeOpossum74 12-13-2019 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by John Smith_inFL (Post 2084557)
I have carved several scallop shells in mahogany and cherry
with very satisfactory results.
when I talk with novice carvers, I always recommend carving the scallop.
it is a great practice piece for design, and layout. minimal tools are needed.
embellishing a mahogany shell with gold leaf lends a "richness" to any piece.

I like the piece!

What I'm going for will either be a simple "wheat" design, or perhaps minimal Celtic weave patterns. I've always appreciated less ornately designed/decorated furniture.


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