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12 Curves part 2


| 17 November 2023 18:34

Watching rob carve the O. Why am I not surprised he did so well first time lol. Chris I noticed the inside of the curved gouge was pretty polished at the tip. Do you just polish/ buff it or do you put an internal bevel on it? Cheers. Si

| 18 April 2019 11:42

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| 17 April 2019 19:54

I have some rather large Trajan lettering to carve, its my first foray into any carving whatsoever. Theres nothing like jumping in at the deep end! I was hoping these videos would enlighten me but the ones I would really like to watch dont seem to work. Its not an issue with my browser as some work and some dont. Any ideas Chris?

| 28 September 2018 08:46

Sienna - Yes, the curves are the real challenge!
In the way you are binge watching, how about binge O-ing? Practice is really the only way: you have to develop muscle and muscle memory, be totally familiar with what you are aiming for, and so on.

Some practical thoughts: If the edges are scalloped, it probably means you are using too quick (too curved) a gouge. There's a great video about the geometry of gouges 'choosing gouges for curves' in the lettercarving section. Have a good look at that.

The way I cut curves is truly the best way to get that really slick, fluid edge to the letters but it does need quite an effort to learn. Don't think for a moment I found it easy when I was learning but once I got it, I got it for life. And if you can carve a lovely O, all other curves are just variations on that and you'll be away and running.
And, here's the real gem: when you find you are carving letters well, you'll also find every other aspect of your carving will have improved enormously, because of the tools control you have developed - and the carving world will be your lobster…

| 27 September 2018 20:31

Hi Chris!
I am loving all the videos, I have been binge watching them for the last few days since I became a member. I primarily do letter carving, but have been also doing relief, and some in the round for the last year. Currently I am going a little crazy! haha While I have come a long way since I started letter carving, and am producing nice, clean letters, I am still having a hard time keeping a consistent 60 degree angle all the way round, especially for Os and Qs. I was just out in the shop practicing the techniques of this video, since the way I learned was quite different (using v tool to part wood instead of stop cuts, and using straight chisels at an angle for the inner curves), and all 5 of my Os have become scalloped looking as I move my tool along. After watching the video about the slipping away I realized I haven't consistently been turning my "dagger" hand while pushing with the thumb, so that is a massive revelation, but I still am carving scallops instead of proper Os. Do you have any pointers?

| 21 March 2013 19:38

I must agree with Ann, It just makes it real. excellent series.

| 13 January 2013 18:52

May seem strange to say, but it was nice to see a non-expert struggle a bit, be corrected and yet do it. It's actually both helpful and encouraging.

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