Complete Book of Woodcarving: Everything You Need to Know to by Everett Ellenwood

By Everett Ellenwood

No matter if you're a woodworker increasing your abilities, a professional carver refining your talents, or a newbie newly brought to this enjoyable craft, this is often the single carving publication you wish. Brimming with professional guideline and 9 beautiful initiatives, you'll study the entire vintage carving types and methods besides the basics of wooden and power choice, polishing, making a workspace, and completing your accomplished paintings. additionally integrated is a whole bankruptcy on strength carving

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Board” in the center of the log, which contains the pith and must be cut away. But taking the time to work with and around these so-called defects can make your furniture more distinctive than the run-of-themill stuff cranked out in the factories. ➤ See “Working Difficult Wood” on p. 162. The last approach, quartersawing, is the most wasteful of the three sawing methods in terms of yield, since it results in a lot of scrap and several narrow boards too small for use in furniture. It’s difficult to find anyone in the industry sawing in this manner today.

If you’ve made the right sequence of cuts, the stump should show a narrow “hinge” of wood between the notch and back cuts, with very few fibers pulled from the stump (I). HARVESTING TREES Cutting Trunks into Logs Handling logs is a challenge because of the immense weight involved, especially when the wood is green and full of sap. However, with a few specialized logging tools, a little woodsman savvy, and perhaps a helper, it can be accomplished without too much sweat. When trees fall, they typically hang up on ground cover or other trees, such as the poplar shown here (A).

28 Cutting Your Own Wood S E C T I O N 3 OV E R V I E W TREE CUTS Fall side Direction of cut 1 ft. to 2 ft. above ground 1. Begin on the fall side of the tree, using an axe or chainsaw to make a downward-sloping cut, starting at least 1 ft. above the ground. Direction of cut 2. Next, make an upward-sloping cut, splitting out the waste and forming a V-notch. Fall face of tree Equilateral triangle, with notch 1/2 to 2/3 through trunk. 3. Continue upward and downward cuts until the notch is 1/2 to 2/3 through the trunk.

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