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4 Setting In

'Setting In' is carver's shorthand for 'setting in the outline'.

Here we are using the high angle grip and either 'matching' or 'slicing' techniques to trim the edge to the shape we want - and in this case we need to be as accurate as possible.

We come straight down, square to the background, as if the subject has been projected vertically. To do this, we need to handle our carving tools with a particular sensitivity, which I'll show you in this lesson.

Some useful reference lessons:

- also the 3 Leaves project in the Relief Carving section.


| 07 November 2017 12:42

Irwin - The video seems to be working fine. Anyone else have a problem?

'Power carving' in all it's variety has it's place and is certainly something I would use - if it did what I wanted or needed to do. But it's not something I'll teach on this site, which is all about the joy and versatility of hand carving and carving tools.

| 06 November 2017 15:00

Setting in portion stopped at 2.10 minutes not sure if my iPad caused it to stop.. next question would you consider a power carver.

| 24 October 2017 18:12

Karen - The deeper gouge 'nibbles back' towards the line removing wood much quicker than the flat gouge, which I sort of use to finish off.
You can certainly use the flat gouge straight away; it all depends on the amount of waste you need to remove before you get to the outline.

| 24 October 2017 16:15

I see that you follow up with the flatter gouge but why not use it in the first place?

| 24 October 2017 16:13

Chris why are you not using a flatter gouge to do the setting in, and leaving the larger gouge for more curved areas?

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