In this beginner tutorial video, you will learn how to carve an infinity symbol in relief. It is the same basic pattern you could use to carve a Celtic Knot. You will pick up skills from this lesson that will help with any project that involves overlapping parts, where one section goes underneath the other (like a Celtic Knot, for example). With instruction from Randall 'Madcarver' Stoner, learn how to create "over/under' perspective and make it look seamless.
Tools Used:From the Schaaf Tools 12pc Foundation Carving Set for Beginners
#1S - 8mm Skew Chisel
#5 - 8mm gouge
From the Schaaf Tools 4pc Fishtail Carving Set for Detail Work
- 6mm gouge for detail points
- Transfer your pattern to the wood carving blank
- You can use a metal stylus or transfer paper
- Outline your design with the 1S - 8mm Skew Chisel. This will be your stop cut
- for more information on transferring artwork, you can also refer to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDQyi...
- Decide which section of the infinity symbol with be overlapping and which section will be going underneath, and draw in the remainder of the design accordingly
- Use the #5 - 8mm Gouge to cut away the background around your infinity symbol design
- Carve away the inside of the curves as well
- You may want to go over the outline of your pattern again with the Skew Chisel to deepen your stop cut
- With the #3F - 6mm Fishtail Gouge, deepen the spaces on the inside of the Infinity Symbol. If you don't have a fishtail gouge, you can use the Skew Chisel, or one of the smaller profile gouges from the 12pc Set.
- Fishtails have flaring edges, which make them helpful for getting into tight spaces
- Start to round down the underlapping section of the Infinity symbol using the #5 - 8mm Gouge
- Take it down about to about half the height of the overlapping section
- You may want to go back over some of the overlapping section with your pencil again
- Find the highest point of your design and start blending the carving
- As you carve, you'll find that the easiest path is to carve is with the grain
- Cut the edges off using the the Skew Chisel for the outside and the curved gouge for the inside edges
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