Al has been working on a new project this past week, and learning a new skill. A client in Colorado wanted a dresser made exactly like one they already owned. The carving on the piece was all done with chisels. So Al got out his chisels, sharpened them up, and began learning how to carve with chisels. You would think that someone who has been a wood worker his whole life, and has done more custom carving jobs than you can count, would have used chisels before. All the carved pieces he has done in the past, have been done with a power tool called an NSK. Getting the chisels out and using them, was a little bit different.
He soon learned that carving knives are a great way to get the detail, and the curves on these pieces too. Keeping all the tools razor sharp has helped keep everything going smoothly. He keeps a small block of wood with leather and some polishing compound nearby.Then he can run the knives over this, and everything stays super sharp.
Once all the pieces are carved they will be applied to the dresser, and the finish will be applied. The hardest part of this whole project for Al has been, not making everything perfect. Everything he does, whether it be in wood carving, or sculpting, is very detailed, and precise. This piece has been a learning moment, a chance to learn a new skill. And that’s never a bad thing.