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Dec 8th, 2013 at 9:33am
 
This is in German but shows the process well.  This guy has got WAY more patience than I do....  Cheesy

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Reply #1 - Dec 8th, 2013 at 12:24pm
 
Great.  I could understand every word he said.  Wink
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Reply #2 - Dec 8th, 2013 at 12:54pm
 
I don't have the concentration for that.  My mind would wander (there's really nothing keeping it at home) and I'd mess it up.  I can do a bunch of identical things like pawns, but there are natural interruptions in the process that help me keep on track.

And did anyone notice he's cutting above the midpoint on his skew chisel (Flachstahl schräg)?
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Reply #3 - Dec 8th, 2013 at 1:29pm
 
great video but I would never have the patience to do it. Really admire those that do though.
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Reply #4 - Dec 8th, 2013 at 2:21pm
 
Bob Hamilton wrote on Dec 8th, 2013 at 9:33am:
This guy has got WAY more patience than I do..

What do you mean patience.  I time him, it only took about 4 minutes to make.   Grin Grin
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Reply #5 - Dec 8th, 2013 at 5:52pm
 
Yes but depending on how many I blew up it would take me a lot longer than that if I ever got one done.
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Reply #6 - Dec 9th, 2013 at 7:32pm
 
The video from the fellow in Germany creating tress shows some techniques I am not familiar with. Do any of you know how to do the carving part of the tree. Is it called carving or chiseling? Type of wood, green or dry,angle of chisel grind. Books about this type of work? any and all ideas are welcome
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Reply #7 - Dec 9th, 2013 at 8:03pm
 
I beleive the wood he used Lime, tilia europaea and the wood is green (at least what I gathered from the German text).

I don't think you'll find books on his technique, but it looks like he is using a chisel like you would a wood plane.
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Reply #8 - Dec 9th, 2013 at 8:54pm
 
Do you know of a common wood that behaves like lime? Or do you think any type of wood will work if the tool is presented properly?
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Reply #9 - Dec 9th, 2013 at 10:18pm
 
It is a variety of Linden.  Which is noted for lining many streets in Germany.  It is also related to the American Linden, also known as Basswood.  Linden grows all across the north east and upper midwest.
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Reply #10 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 6:33am
 
  This is somewhat the same technique I use(just on a larger scale) when carving the feathers of chickens that I make. Green wood is a must, other wise it just breaks off or won't curl nicely. I have used mostly maple for mine, but basswood would be MUCH better/easier. Some of you folks would be surprised at how easy it becomes once one gets their grove on  Cheesy

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Reply #11 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 10:10am
 
Jim,  Do you have a photo of your carving. What type of chisel and angle of grind. I have done a fair bit of turning but no carving.
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Reply #12 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 10:46am
 
Notice that he uses his thumb as a chip breaker to control the size of the curl.
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Reply #13 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 11:17am
 
Sharon Yeagle wrote on Dec 10th, 2013 at 10:10am:
Jim,  Do you have a photo of your carving. What type of chisel and angle of grind. I have done a fair bit of turning but no carving.



  I don't have a photo and I've already given the chicks away. I do plan to do some more, just not sure when. I use a carving knife that I made and just carefully make slim cuts.
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Reply #14 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 11:36am
 
This video reminded me of one I saw a while about making flowers. Two different methods but both have great results.
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Sharon Yeagle wrote on Dec 9th, 2013 at 7:32pm:
Do any of you know how to do the carving part of the tree. Is it called carving or chiseling?

Sharon, It's carving, being done with a carving chisel, it can be confusing.The chisel is designed to be pushed rather than hammered, you can see the large round pommel at the back of the handle. I can't quite tell from the video but it may be skewed slightly. I would call this a medium angle (25-30 degrees or so) planing cut ( bevel down ).
There are some carvers here that could give you much more info than I can.
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Reply #15 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 11:44am
 
I saw a video of a german turner turning a christmas tree with a modified skew chissle a few years ago.  He would curl up layer after llayer getting larger and larger just like this guy does.  Not being any good with a straight skew I did want to try a modified one.
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Reply #16 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 12:11pm
 
Walt wrote on Dec 10th, 2013 at 11:44am:
I saw a video of a german turner turning a christmas tree with a modified skew chissle a few years ago.

I've been looking for that video as well, I'm also not good (to say the least) with a skew.
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Reply #17 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 2:36pm
 
I saw a tool in  a British  woodturning magazine a few  years ago  that was made for  doing  just  those trees.  kind of a modified skew with a  hook at the end.  I  know exactly  where the  magazine is and was trying to  talk  Jr.  into getting  me one when  he was there this Summer.
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Reply #18 - Dec 10th, 2013 at 3:26pm
 
I have a shoulder plane which should work nice for something like this. The one I have is like the one in the middle
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I too have a shoulder pain Ron!  It hurts when I .....!
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