Tiki Chess Set, Beginner’s Carving Project

irish_tiki_0064Step 27: I have added a pencil line just above the outer edge of the eye decoration rings. I want my small crown only in the front half of the chess piece, this line marks where I want to simply roll over the back of the head.




irish_tiki_0065I can roll the back of head using my bench knife a push cuts. When I am working a large rounded-over area I prefer to make a layer of cuts over the area then return and do a second, and even third cutting until I have an even, smooth roll.




irish_tiki_0067Step 28: Using the bench knife I and cutting out small triangles between the leaf points. Again, since this is cutting into the end grain I prefer to take small, narrow slices to create the final v-cut instead of trying to work the cut in one step.




irish_tiki_0068Step 29: To add just a touch of decoration I can make a chip cut in the crown point behind the leaves. Using the bench knife make a stop cut into the wood along one side of the triangle. Repeat this cut for the second side, then the third. The third cut will lift a small triangle chip from the wood.



irish_tiki_0070Step 30: Separate the leaves with a stop cut using your bench knife. Lower the wood on to outer side of each leave – the side farthest from the face. This will tuck the two side leaves under the center leaf.

Cut a stop cut along the center vein line of each leave.




Viking celtic animals and celtic knot patterns by Lora S IrishViking/Celtic Animals
When the Vikings invades Ireland they brought their interlocking line designs fold art with them. This pattern package focuses on the wonderful mythical animals that developed from this art.


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