Chip carved plate

Here is a hand carved plate made from basswood.  I am learning to chip carve with a small knife. While I can draw the design on the computer and carve it perfectly with the ShopBot CNC router I find it relaxing to do some things by hand.  Of course I don't have a delete key so my mistakes stay on the plate for all to see.

 

Chip carved basswood plate

Chip carved basswood plate

NWA carving group

Every week we go to the wood carving special interest group meeting at the Northeastern Woodworkers Association shop.  We trade ideas and do wood carving projects.  This week I have been carving a turtle pattern that another member carved.  I really like the pattern and had to give it a try.  The wood appears to be African Mahogany, I am not 100% sure since it was a cutoff that was given to me.  So we have "another piece saved from the wood stove". 

I used the Shopbot cnc router to rough out the pattern and am hand carving the details.

 

A mahogany carving that I am working on. 

A mahogany carving that I am working on. 

Damascus knife finished

I finished forging the Damascus knife and carved a wood sheath from some curly maple.  The finish was danish oil followed by some gunstock stain with a lot of sanding.  A final coat of polyurethane sealed the wood.

hand forged damascus bade with 180 layers of 1095 and 15N20 tool steel. 

hand forged damascus bade with 180 layers of 1095 and 15N20 tool steel. 

NWA Showcase

We have been busy making samples for exhibit at the North Eastern Woodworkers show.  This year we have made a number of carved items for the Jatoba challenge.   Jatoba (also called Brazilian Cherry) is a very hard dense wood that is difficult to carve with hand tools.  It is very nice for CNC machining with our ShopBot router.

3D carved Jatoba wood

3D carved Jatoba wood

V-carved Butternut wood in the Chip Carve style.

V-carved Butternut wood in the Chip Carve style.

A V-Carved logo in Oak

A V-Carved logo in Oak

Inlay of Jatoba in Poplar wood

Inlay of Jatoba in Poplar wood

Jatoba Corbels carved on ShopBot

Jatoba Corbels carved on ShopBot

Hard maple, Lacewood and Jatoba bookends.

Hard maple, Lacewood and Jatoba bookends.

Carving mallets made from scrap Jatoba and Maple wood.

Carving mallets made from scrap Jatoba and Maple wood.

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Fixing up the "River Critter"

Ernie spent some time last summer fixing up the old "River Critter" decked canoe.  The opening was just too small for Ernie to manage getting in and out of.  The steps were cutting out the fiberglass deck then CNC routing a new plywood support ring.  The plywood was glued and screwed in place with West Systems Epoxy and then the canoe was repainted.

The "River Critter" has been needing some attention for a few years.

The "River Critter" has been needing some attention for a few years.

You can never have too many clamps.

You can never have too many clamps.

The boat is good size at about 17' long

The boat is good size at about 17' long

The Critter is happy to be fixed up and in service again.

The Critter is happy to be fixed up and in service again.