Damn the ̶T̶o̶r̶p̶e̶d̶o̶s̶ Blemishes, Full Speed Ahead!

Oh, that blemish I was so worried about; well, given all the positive feedback, my worries have been alleviated. Thanks to one reader, it was deemed a feature. Perhaps to be seen as a one of a kind, decorative curiosity of nature. Who would have thought?


Since I enjoyed carving that strapwork pattern so much, I decided to keep to the theme and start another.


The variations to this pattern are endless. I do believe this is why it is so fun to carve.


After just about an hour or so, I was removing the background and heading toward another box.


I know I mentioned it before, but I have to say again that I am glad I bought this 6mm #3 gouge. It sure makes working around the strapwork easier.

11 thoughts on “Damn the ̶T̶o̶r̶p̶e̶d̶o̶s̶ Blemishes, Full Speed Ahead!

  1. Dave Polaschek

    Thanks for the video. A few comments…

    I find that I have fewer problems with the grain running away from me and getting a tear out if I start out working cross-grain. But I’m also using a wider gouge for background removal…

    More than once I found myself wanting to blow at the iPad screen to clean a wood chip out of the way. 🙂

    When stippling, I find a longer tool works better for me. I use a cheap screwdriver I modified, and the shaft is almost 4” long. I set the pinky-side of my hand against the board, and pinch the tool between my thumb and forefinger, so when I smack it with the hammer, my entire hand flexes and when the tendons straighten out, I can slide my hand to the next spot. It makes for a much quicker tempo while stippling the background, but then I’m only doing one hole at a time, so I need to go faster…. I think I’ll grind a new tool next time I need to stipple a background and try your way, but using my hand as a spring seems to work well for me.

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  2. Matt McGrane

    Nice video, Ron. I’m not a carver (yet), but it was really illuminating to see the waste removal. On the few videos I’ve seen, I see carvers making the pattern and defining lines and curves, but not removing waste and doing the stippling. BTW, it made me a little nervous when I saw you carve towards an unprotected finger. I know you know what you’re doing, but be careful out there.

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