Hand Mirror: Episode 1

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In this opening episode to the series, Paul includes two carved and shaped hand mirrors to develop two distinctly different types of decoration. Paul walks you through the layout for a uniform shape and then a more organic look leading to gouge carving, chip carving and ultimately inlaying. For carving the leaf and stem patterns Paul has chosen two distinct types of carving for you to explore and adopt. Paul has also prepared one of the hand mirror blanks ready for inlaying too. The layout for shaping and cutting follows a very precise method using a pair of compasses, together with an as yet unseen method for creating part of the decoration.





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  1. mcael on 8 April 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Nice touch Paul looking forward to doing this

  2. Allen Schell on 8 April 2020 at 6:04 pm

    What species of wood is that?

  3. Trevor Hosken on 8 April 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Great one Paul, I love it. Yes, is it sycamore you are using please? I’m really looking forward to making these. Where do you get your mirrors from please?

  4. stefanolah on 9 April 2020 at 12:31 am

    Hi Trevor,
    hobbycraft sell them in UK.

  5. ted clawton on 26 April 2020 at 5:04 am

    Very cool techniques, Paul, thank you very much for sharing. I don’t know if I can find such things on youtube or not, but even if I can I’d rather see them from you any day of the week. Thanks a million.

  6. Anthony Nobre on 30 April 2020 at 1:51 am

    Hi Paul. I love the mirrors. I have a question regarding the gouge. What size gouge would you recommend for this project?

    • Izzy Berger on 30 April 2020 at 4:18 pm


      Paul says:
      I would say anything about 1” wide with a no 6 or 7 sweep but other sizes will work.

      Kind Regards,

  7. David Briggs on 14 May 2021 at 2:40 pm


    Thank you for the inspiration. You make creativity accessible to all.


  8. Brian Gustin on 15 May 2021 at 2:30 am

    Glad I didn’t spring for the cash to get masterclasses premium – Videos are not closed captioned, so they are entirely useless for me, unfortunately.

  9. Benoît Van Noten on 15 May 2021 at 1:54 pm

    I like to see how Paul is standing, how he places himself, how he turns the piece for his comfort, how he is holding his tool and so on.
    I don’t think I would learn much seeing only the cutting edges of his tools. That is sufficiently shown where needed IMO.

  10. peterjonespipeorgans on 21 May 2021 at 5:42 am

    Thanks for yet another inspirational project.
    It is a privilege to be able to see such craftsmanship, so calmly presented.

  11. Salko Safic on 27 May 2021 at 12:52 pm

    A V tool would have been a better choice than the knife.

  12. Benoît Van Noten on 28 May 2021 at 1:04 pm

    I am sure Paul has a V tool.
    I don’t and, I guess, it is more difficult to sharpen one then the knife.
    The all point is to demonstrate what is possible with a minimum set of tools and to develop skills.

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