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    I was hoping to update our website and add this and a small blurb about what we (Sue Chrestensen and I) call "cross training". Just as with sports, "cross training" helps us get better at our primary discipline... in this case, creating. Learning to use woodburning, carving, and even an airbrush will accentuate any project we create with the scrollsaw.

    Sue has previously played with converting Lora Irish's carving designs into scrolling (segmentation or intarisa) patterns which were published in a previous issue of SSWC. So when I was reading through the current issue of Wood Carving Illustrated, and came across this fellow, he caught both of our attention.

    I am trying to learn to carve. The entire process will take me a long time to learn. In part because I AM A SCROLLER, yet I appreciate qualities found in carving. So, as I traced this Lora Irish pattern on some basswood to play with, Sue took a copy into the shop and did our "cross training" on the design.

    This is what she came out with. This photo shows how you can incorporate some of the qualities of carving into your segmentation/intarisa and add some fine definition. Leaving it all the one wood, makes it appear to be carved, even close up.

    Next time you are looking at a pattern, think of what you could do to it with some "cross training" to bring out some features.

    Take care
    Toni
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    Always pushing the edges, you two!
    I love it.
    CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
    "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
    Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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    • #3
      Ian

      Scrolling with a Dewalt 788

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      • #4
        I tried relief carving once with a beginners kit of palm cutters. I think it was made by 'Flexcraft'.

        Anyway, it wasn't successful .



        Yours is good, Toni.

        Gill
        There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
        (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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        • #5
          lol, ah Gill I haven't completed MY carving.... it will take me awhile. I can only hold the knives/chisels for a short period of time.

          When I am done, I am sure it won't be as well defined. LOLRH

          Take care
          Toni

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          • #6
            Toni, BobD flagged me to come see what you had posted and I am just Blown Away! Fantastic job and what a wonderful way to intrepret the pattern.

            And, Gill, that is a great start for your first carving

            Susan Irish
            Last edited by BobD; 02-27-2007, 09:31 AM.

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            • #7
              Just fixing a few spelling problems!

              Bob
              www.GrobetUSA.com

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              • #8
                Wow, we FINALLY got her to post! LOL (happy dance)

                I am pleased you like Sue's interpretation, and I am sure when I can get her out of the shop she will enjoy knowing you came by to see it.

                Fact is, we use many of your designs in our scrolling. You offer so many patterns, it really doesn't take much to see them as intarsia/fretwork/segmentation.

                Thanks for the work you do.

                Take care
                Toni
                Last edited by Back2Jake; 02-27-2007, 09:49 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BobD
                  Just fixing a few spelling problems!

                  Bob
                  So ... are you implying that even with Rob's spell checker added to the forums that I STILL can not spell my way out of a paper bag. ..... !

                  I figured, Tony, that the cat was well out of that same paper bag with BobD cross posting my thread from last week. So, since it's not like I can be a closet reader of the SS forum any more I might as well jump in and join in the fun.

                  Susan

                  (Spell Checking now .... it says its good to go ... click the posting button.)

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                  • #10
                    Nice "try", Toni...

                    It's amazing!

                    Pete

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                    • #11
                      Gill..keep going on yours!! thank you for the kind words Ian and Carl!!! he's a cute lil guy and I've not done any carving before so don't let that stop you !!!! I used the Dremel and my imagination ..thanks Bob for letting Sue Irish know that we were once again playing with her designs..and of course thanks Sue for your comments, it did make me smile that you liked it
                      the project was a quick one which made it even more fun..I think I'll look for some more of the green men style to play with and see if I can get a bit of the fret style in there as well..LOL..if I used a couple different types of wood I could then really say that all the bases were covered ...
                      well, I'm off to the shop to get a bit more saw dusty
                      thanks again for all the support..I'll nudge Toni to do a bit more on her carving

                      Sue Chrestensen

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                      • #12
                        You are all starting to get me itching to carve.
                        It is one of those moments where you are standing on the shore and dipping your toe in the water and someone is yelling come on in it is just fine.

                        Fortunately I am scared of water

                        I love the meld of scrolling and carving. I really do think they go hand in hand.
                        I have carved a couple of interlocking hearts and 2 lovespoons but nothing like the work of Susan, Sue and Toni, and also nothing like Gill's work, I think that is going along very well Gill. I am not quite ready to split my interests just yet. But if these topics keep popping up I will join the fray before I know it.
                        CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
                        "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
                        Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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                        • #13
                          Hmmm... I'm wondering if the photograph actually flatters my attempt. The big problem I had was in having lots of rough end grain at the end of a cut. I found it very disheartening.

                          Gill
                          There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                          (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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                          • #14
                            IF that is the case, Gill, I don't think it was your carving technique, but your sharpening technique!!! A sharp tool will leave a smooth cut...if you cut with the grain!

                            Bob
                            www.GrobetUSA.com

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                            • #15
                              Oh, the tools were extremely sharp, Bob - they were brand new Flexcraft (or is that 'Flextech' - I can't remember ). The thing is you need to cut across the grain when you're shaping wood, don't you? Otherwise you'd just be cutting grooves.

                              Gill
                              There is no opinion, however absurd, which men will not readily embrace as soon as they can be brought to the conviction that it is readily adopted.
                              (Schopenhauer, Die Kunst Recht zu Behalten)

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