Carving A Chain and Ball

Carving a Chain and Ball

Establishing the Central Cross

By L.S. Irish

Carving a Chain and Ball – Introduction
Open Linked Chain Page 1: Measuring the Block
Open Linked Chain Page 2: Establishing the Central Cross
Open Linked Chain Page 3: Creating the Links

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Step 1: Determine the size of the carving blank you will need. On the blank mark each unit of measurement, creating a pencil grid across the wood block. This sample is worked on a 5 x 5 x 5 unit grid.

Step 2: Mark the central row of grid units on all faces of the block. This will be the wood in which the links are carved.

Step 3: With a bench knife and chisel remove the extra wood. For this example it includes any areas not marked in red.

Step 4: You block should now be in a cross shape.

Step 5: With a pencil re-establish the grid units along each arm of the cross.

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