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4 'Triangles'

Where the curved foils meet straight edges or square corners (or even other foils in more complicated work), the otherwise 'dead' area is finished with a triangular pocket, a sort of inverted triangle or delta.

As you'll see, the work is essentially a bit of chip carving. You can see more about the depth guage that I use here.


| 04 June 2013 16:02

Ann - I'm really not the right person to ask, having done anything the even remotely looks like chip carving with fishtail chisels. However, Wayne Barton seems to be a leading figure in the chip-carving-with-knives world and he does great work with his own brand of knives...

| 04 June 2013 07:11

Chris, thanks... if one were to branch over to chip carving knives, what could you suggest as a basic starter set?

| 04 June 2013 06:14

Ann - That's a good question. Carving is a mixture of both really: picking a suitable tool and using it in an appropriate way. You'd think a narrower tool for a narrower space must be right but, although this is a general principle, using, say, just the corner of a wider one might be the equivalent. And then giving the tool a twist 'just so' will often do the trick. I'm always sorry I cannot give out a numbered list of what to do where but the reality is much more fluid and mostly down to experience and developing hand-eye co-ordination, and having a good variety of tools to call on. I hope this helps. Chip carving knives, by the way, are perfect for chip carving...

| 31 May 2013 14:26

Chris, when working in similar but smaller spaces, is it just a matter of smaller tools or are there some other "tricks" while staying with gouges and chisels (not switching over to chip carving knives). Thanks

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