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Is alder wood too hard to whittle?

No, it's not too hard. For the beginner, Basswood and Butternut woods are the easiest to carve. Don't be confused about the hardwood and softwood definitions as they aren't literal interpretations ...
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How did they make spiral decorations and pearls on old frames?

It is true that a lot of work was hand carved, but many elements are made of what is called compo, the exact nature of which varies but is usually a resin, a whitening agent and glue. This material ...
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Does rust matter on my wood carving knives if I sharpen them?

Depends on how deep the rust is. Rust weakens the bonds in the metal, but unless it is rusted right through, it's probably recoverable. Basically, you want to: Remove the rust, likely a soak in ...
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How can I safely cut pieces off a small wooden cube?

Jigsaw is a poor choice of tool for this given the size of the finished product and that it is a roughing tool more designed for cutting sheet goods. Tools to consider Bandsaw If the polyhedron ...
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What are possible sources of wood pieces from for making musical instruments?

The properties of the wood, especially its density will have a significant effect on the tone of the instrument but there is quite a wide variety used as well as various laminates. Of critical ...
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What are possible sources of wood pieces from for making musical instruments?

Anyone with a large enough tree is a potential source -- but you might have to do some more work (square it up to make a blank & dry it to the appropriate humidity to work it) When my neighbor ...
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How did they make spiral decorations and pearls on old frames?

In many cases decorative elements such as spirals and pearls were hand-carved by skilled craftsmen. The ornate spirals and pearls on gilded frames were often hand-carved using chisels and gouges. ...
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How to repair wood carving

Some thoughts. The big crack on the back looks like it might be amenable to replicating the adjacent area of the coils. Make a narrow silicone mold of the coils to the left of the crack. Then ...
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How to carve a side texture of a book on a wooden box?

Depending on the size of your book and the size of the groves you want to add there are different tools you can use: Wire brush You can make the natural grain of the wood more defined by running a ...
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How to Carve Tapered Recess into Wood

The short answer is: there are tools designed for that. Here are just two random examples: Spoon carving knife Curved carving gouge The long answer is that tools alone aren't enough to produce this ...
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How long to dry juniper before working with it?

Usually you should let green wood dry for 2 years before carving objects out of them or using it to build something. Depending on the local climate, the size of the wood block (or tree) and how you ...
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How to Carve Tapered Recess into Wood

Depending on how big the wood is you might be able to use some lino-cut tools or wood chisels to get a similar shape especially if you just want the middle part. This would work best on a softer wood ...
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How to carve a side texture of a book on a wooden box?

I'd suggest an U-shaped carving tool. V-shaped is harder to work with. Here is 2 mm U-shaped carving tool and grooves it makes. This one costed me ca. 10$. It is also useful thing in household.
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How to Carve Tapered Recess into Wood

The piece looks like it was made from a single piece. The typical approach for this would be to turn it from a longer piece in a chuck, or on a face place, without centres and use a boring bar to cut ...
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Line cutting technique for wood blocks: japanese vs. western

The knife is more common in Japanese printmaking. I unfortunately can't find any sources comparing the two, but I hypothesize that one reason gauges are more common in Western printmaking is due to ...
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Does rust matter on my wood carving knives if I sharpen them?

Rust implies they are carbon steel. Although rust removes very little metal ,it will quickly dull a sharp edge. Many modern knifes are stainless steel ( 13 % chrome ) and resist rust well. If you use ...
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