MCW March '13 Program
Mar 17, 2013Public
Photo: Bert Bleckwenn introduces carving demonstator Mary May.
Photo: Bert discusses the use of a special bench-mounted carving station for a lathe chuck.
Photo: Mary introduces herself and outlines her program.
Photo: She started with an introduction and a quick slide show that ...
Photo: ... showed examples of her work.
Photo: An example of work in progress.
Photo: The most important part of carving (like any woodworking) is sharp tools.  Here Mary starts by adding water to a diamond plate.
Photo: It is critical to hold the tool at the proper angle to maintain a single smooth bevel.
Photo: Remember, sharpening is fun!
Photo: Make sure you have the bevel "flat" on the stone, keep your elbow locked to your body, and then ...
Photo: ...do the dance.  Slide it to the left, and ...
Photo: ... then to the right. Then repeat many, many times!
Photo: When a burr forms on the inside, find the correct shape slip stone and remove it, being extremely careful not to round over the edge!
Photo: And perhaps go back to the stone for another round.
Photo: Finally, Mary uses a leather strop to polish the honed edge.
Photo: Here is a block that Mary made to accommodate several different interior contours.
Photo: Mary explained that a V gouge is 2 straight-edged bevels connected by a mini, rounded bevel.
Photo: Mary makes a "point" about her edge.
Photo: With her workpiece firmly clamped to the bench, Mary takes out the first slice with the V gouge to begin getting the unwanted wood out of the way around her banner pattern.
Photo: That little mallet has a good wallop in it.  Note the grip -- it's a tapper, not a hammer!  The heel of Mary's hand is resting firmly on the workpiece for control.
Photo: Then she can use a straight chisel and clean up the edge of the design.
Photo: Mary can laugh and carve at the same time!
Photo: But seriously, let's follow this pattern.
Photo: "Tap, tap, tap" says the little mallet.