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This little engraving is still a work in progress and so is a little way from being finished, but, I thought I'd post it all the same.  The carving is for an early Gothic style crossbow I'm building and is of St Hubertus, patron saint of hunting. The carving is 1mm deep and 18mm wide from elbow to elbow, carved with a skew chisel and a 3mm number 3 gouge

 

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What species of antler is this?

Are you into making your own tools yet?  There are so many more kinds of small tools that will augment your kit of tools and will make certain carving actions  simpler.

There are many posts and topics here covering the methods and types of tools that other small scale carvers have used.  

Janel

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Hey Andrew,  that's really cool ! It's great to see the roughed out process and detail , Id love to see some gothic crossbow too ..... 

 

 

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Hi Janel, 

I do make my own tools from time to time, the 3mm No 3 is a re-ground larger gouge, the skew chisel is a very acute angle palm-chisel, less than 10mm. along the cutting edge  I use as a scraper rather then a cutting tool. I have several other tools sub 2mm in size but these are the two I prefer for the bulk of my carving at this scale.  The antler is Fallow Deer and is cut from the edge of the palmate part of the antler, not the roll; the palm has about 1.5mm of usable thickness near the edge but in the centre of the palm that reduces to half that thickness so the slices have to be planned accordingly.

I appreciate the carving has a way to go, but I am content the roughing-out is over, the fine detail carving will wait until I have cut the inlay to size, fitted it and installed all the metal-work as a day or two in the smithy might render a recarve essential and I would weep if the carving was a finished piece being rubbed around in the soot and smuts of a metalwork shop...

 

Darren, thank you for the kind comments, I can't wait to see the crossbow either - just spent a few hours tweaking the bend of the 'bow - just got a few more inlays to carve and fit, then off to the blacksmith for a play-day, so its getting closer.  

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Hi Andrew,

Thank you for the good responses to my question, and then some.  I found that tool-making for me occurred when I needed something that I did not have and could not do what I wanted to do without a new sort of edge or bent configuration.  

Will you do the inlay after the metal work is completed?  I do not want to imagine what sorts of grime might be absorbed by the antler at the smithy.  I hope that you have had good results on your play-day at the smithy.  Are you doing the blacksmithing?

I am looking forward to seeing images of this project when you have completed it!

Janel

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I am planning on doing the inlaying before the metalwork is installed, the inlays will be protected with card and tape.  I will be assisting the smith as much as possible, and really looking forward to the experience as I have never done any forge work but Rhys the blacksmith is insistent,  if I don't help, he wont do the work 

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Good choice for Rhys the blacksmith.  Whether or not he needs the help, you will be an integral part of that step with creating the whole piece.  Looking forward to seeing more of the project.

Janel

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