Carved Mirror Frame: Episode 3


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Before gluing up the frame, Paul lays out for the carving, firstly on card and then onto the top frame piece. He makes use of a pair of compasses to layout the star and a template for the laurel branches. He then carves out the star, being careful to get refined edges that meet cleanly at an even depth. The leaves are cut out using the gouge, being careful to get crisp and precise cuts.

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  1. humanic on 18 May 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Let me say it: I’m still holding my breath…

    At first I was totally intimidated by the carving work. Now, I think I have the confidence to aboard this type of job (I hope).

    Thank you Mr. Sellers for this wonderful episode.

  2. Michael Barnes on 18 May 2016 at 7:59 pm

    I can’t help but wonder why you don’t simply use a protractor to measure the angles between the points on the star…. 360 degrees / 5 points = 72 degrees between points..then simply mark them off with a protractor starting at the perpendicular line.

    • jimmyd87 on 19 May 2016 at 4:32 pm

      I guess it’s nice that you can do it with the same tool, if for any reason you don’t have a protractor.

  3. jonathanon on 18 May 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Loving the carving. When is Paul’s debut album coming out 🙂

  4. stevewales on 18 May 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Is that an Ashley Iles Bevel edged chisel? – The acute angle of the bevel forms lovely thin sides to the chisel – Perfect for this type of fine work.
    A lot of chisels seem to be more like Bevel edged Firmer chisels.

  5. knightlylad on 18 May 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

  6. ballinger on 19 May 2016 at 12:25 am

    Just wondering what’s involved in carving typography in this manner? I have a project I’d like to apply that to in the next couple weeks.

  7. garyrick on 19 May 2016 at 10:50 pm

    What it the sweep and width of the gouge?

  8. Farred on 22 May 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Is there anything Paul CAN’T do? He makes it looks so easy.

  9. dvollie on 17 June 2016 at 2:04 pm

    For those who are interested, you can calculate the distance between any number of points of stars by using this calculation: 2 x Radius x sine(Pi/number of points). Note: remember to do the calc inside of the parenthesis first! Using this calculation with a five pointed star and a radius of 1″ you should come up with 1.175570505″ between the star points or 1 11/64″.

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