Archive for March, 2012

Woodcarving Etudes

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
photo of 10 practice pieces

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Why is it that the word “etude” is used only for musical practice pieces? Why not for drawings or woodcarvings?

These etudes are after Mary May, Frederick Wilbur,  Kurt Koch, and Chris Pye. These pieces range in size from 4″ x 4″ to 8″ x 4″, and a bit longer for the moldings.

Hollows and Rounds – All Chalked

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

photo of 25 planesSince the previous entry about these planes, a stack of dull irons sat next to the sharpening station. From time to time, in between other activities, I’d pick up an iron, hone it, mount it and test it. Upon testing OK, the number stamp on the end of the plane was filled with chalk, indicating it’s ready to use. They’re all finally honed and chalked.  Big THANKS to Richard Darjes, a commenter on the original H&R post, for the chalking tip. (click image for a larger view)