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10 Finishing

The surface has to be smooth to really bring out the gorgeous figuring of this wood.

To get a smooth surface we have to go through a series of steps, and in the right order: carving smooth; rasps and rifflers; scrapers, and ever finer sandpaper.

There are videos on all these subjects on Woodcarving Workshops - use the search box, top left.


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| 09 July 2021 19:49

Beautiful. Much of my experience with stone sculpting is with reclaimed ashlars from demolished buildings. I get having to work with the flaws. Architectural stone carving is a different beast. This is the type of project that gets my juices flowing. Thanks for sharing it.

| 04 November 2019 14:16

Just wonderfull!!

| 27 April 2018 16:06

Stunning, Chris. I feel the real beauty is in the so called 'flaws' in the timber. But, don't they ever ADD to the piece? As a thought, I frequently use Liberon hard wax sticks in various shades. I have found, by accident, that the perfect tool for melting the wax right down into the cracks is a fine Electrician's electric soldering gun. Well the gun is fine but I've yet to meet a 'fine electrician' Once again you've shown us how to do it beautifully. Thanks so much.

| 20 April 2018 07:00

Iria - Yes, the varnish does protect the wood so I could have just left it, but it was the colour-saving property I was really after. This acrylic varnish dries matt, and I prefer the polish of wax on the surface, which is also refreshed easily with a way cloth.

| 19 April 2018 17:21

Hi Chris, I am curious, why did you use both varnish and wax? I understood the varnish is to protect color, but does it not seal the wood also?


| 18 April 2018 15:56

Robert - You can certainly apply the way in a liquid state; I've done that often.
The toothbrush? It's just a little brush. I'm trying to work the melted wax into the pores of the warmed up wood, and then taking off excess, and a brush is perfect for complicated surfaces like you have in carvings.

| 18 April 2018 09:30

im curious.. when applying the bee's wax would it be a mistake to melt the wax to a liquid state then apply it with a brush..?
is there a specific reason to scrub it in with the toothbrush..?

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