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4 Scroll part 2

As we approach the middle of the scroll, the curve gets tighter and tighter and it's here that shortbent (spoon) gouges come into their own.

Keep the line for the edge of the paper; this is what the eye really registers. An alternative to finishing the inner point of the scroll to look like paper is to treat it as a 'C' scroll - as a 'volute' with a button-like 'eye' at the end. It's quite a natural and easy way to end the curve and you can seeme carve onet in the Baroque Acanthus. If you look at the narrower scroll on the bottom edge of the sign you'll see that there I made a button, just for the variation. However, best design is to decide one way of the other and not mix the two.


| 13 March 2019 17:31

Don't we ever know what you mean. I was well into the wolf's head on the Viking Shield (see in 'Letter Carving') when an enormous heart shake suddenly took half of the jaw away! I had to reduce the whole head or start again. Not having any more dry Oak at 8" x 8" x 8", I had no choice. I will not repeat the language but, I'm afraid there most certainly was some!

| 21 February 2019 18:52

Mike - There might be nothing else for it but to start again. A similar issue would be a split suddenly appearing in the wood even though it was well-seasoned, and if I can't repair it invisibly, I'll have to try again. Obviously I do my best to avoid these things happening but... it's wood and these things go with the territory. So, I just have to relax and accept.

| 21 February 2019 03:20

Chris - you ran into a knot on the end and commented it was OK for you but would not work for a customer. If you are doing a customer carving and run into an unforseen knot how do you handle that?

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