Dead wood carving

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Dead wood carving

Post  ALANWILD on Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:15 pm

I had a go at some dead wood carving today. I have only really messed about with carving offcuts, but earlier this year I picked up this privit to have a go at the real thing. It is tougher than I tought it would be, not in terms of hardwood, but trying to make it look natural. Takes a lot of practice I guess.



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Re: Dead wood carving

Post  PeacefulAres on Mon Dec 31, 2012 11:39 pm

I'm no expert at carving deadwood, but the general rule I have heard is to do it in multiple stages. At first you do a very rough carving, just to reduce the cut off and to get an idea of what the general shape will look like. Then, you wait and let it weather for a while. After that, you come back, clean it up and work with the natural cracks and crevices that have formed.

It you skip step 1, and just carve out a lot of fine details, you run the risk of have the dead wood weather and crack in a natural pattern, which will look different than the fine designs you have carved.

And this just an aesthetic opinion, but I think the right trunk should be hollowed out altogether. The formation you have carved looks unnatural and creates reverse taper.

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virtual tree

Post  abcd on Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:35 am

For me, the carving is not suffisent, it's a deciduous tree , virtual tree :

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Re: Dead wood carving

Post  marie1uk on Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:14 am

The carving can & should be be used to induce taper too - the left trunk is similar (if not wider) in girth to the main trunk. The secondary trunk could be reduced more and the flat chops at the top of each trunk need taper and better disguise as it still looks like it has been sawn across. The virt shows this ...

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TOOLS

Post  mike page on Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:29 pm

What tools did you use for the carving?

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caeving tools

Post  abcd on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:16 am

A link :

http://www.kaizenbonsai.com/shop/index.php?cPath=23

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