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    So, I decided to make a nameplate for my boat.
    This is my first attempt at this kind of wood carving, so we'll see how it goes.
    It is also not written in Western letters, but with Chinese pictograms and while I know a bit Chinese I don't really have a feel for the writing system; I mean if I were to write in Western letters I could just wing it and get it right, but with Chinese I could mess up royally and even produce something with a different meaning.

    So I found a picture of the name and printed it, taped it to the block of wood and started tracing the outlines with a knife
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    I had to reinforce the paper with more tape as I went on or it would tear.

    Result so far
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    I may have to buy some carving tools for the next step, I have some but I fear they are not of too good quality.

    /Mats

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    Default Re: Nameplate

    Nice! I like the name of your boat as well.

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    Default Re: Nameplate

    If you decide to carve that name, it can be done with a V carving chisel, and a matched pair of scew chisels. You will also need a mallet such as this which can be found at Lee Valley. A consistant grained wood such as Honduras Mahogany will carve easily and finish out well with varnish.
    The "hanzi" characters will look nice if gold leafed.
    Have fun carving!
    Jay

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    And so it begins.
    20190611_172324.jpg
    I made a few mistakes, as were expected, but not anything serious I hope.
    I plan to paint the characters red when done.

    /Mats

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    Finished carving and painted.
    My hobby carving tools just worked through this without needing resharpening, although for the last fourth I really should had taken the time to do it.
    There is a little bit of smudge on some of the edges, but I believe I will get rid of that with a short time with the belt sander.
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    I chose what here is known as engelskt rött (English Red) since that is the color I use for my floors; it is usually good to use colors and measurements that already exists in a piece or the overall impression may become a bit ... caothic I guess...
    I used artists linseed oil paint.

    /Mats

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    Very nice!
    Had you been able to use larger tools you could have made the sweeps in one stroke without leaving all the tiny chipping marks.
    Still nice!
    Jay

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    I have larger tools, but for many reasons I chose not to use them.
    Going along the grain I doubt it's possible to do a cut in one sweep.
    Across grain possibly, but I found I got some tearout on the against the grain side when trying.
    With better tools and more skill I'm sure the result would had been better.

    /Mats

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