Looking nice. The bellflowers have a nice shape. Question: Have you had any trouble stabbling the excavations for the bellflowers with the carving chisels? Looking at it with an outside bevel you would need to angle the chisel in to keep from smashing the outside of the excavation (similar to what I am trying to do with the slab table, although I am not limited to "exact" lines because the carving is somewhat free-form. Maybe the precision needed for federal furniture has kept me from trying it just yet.
Let me know if you need me to clarify my "stream of consciousness" ramble.
Interested in your thoughts. Cal
Cal, yes, I understand exactly what you're getting at and you pose some excellent questions.
First let me mention a couple things. A. I know absolutely squat about carving tools. B. The gouges I have I bought last year on an impulse from Grizzly. These are made in Japan and are a Japanese style chisel.
As you can see I've marked these for my own convenience, the sizes are the closest approximation, they're actually metric, but I'm too old and stubborn to jack around with millimeters and such.
I have no way at present to tell you what the sweep is or anything, they just are what they are.
Anyway, these do a nice job of punching out petals from holly veneer. But when it comes to working the surface of a leg it's been a different story. As you mentioned if I hold them straight up the outside edge of the recess gets bruised and it's not acceptable. When I try to hold it at an angle it doesn't work very well either, especially if the chisel is being used to remove all the material. What I've found works fairly well is too trace around the petal in pencil and then to route out most of the waste with a 1/16" spiral bit. Then I can go in with an exacto knife and the chisels and finish up. It's kinda time consuming, but it's the best I've come up with so far.
I'm sure if I had chisels better suited to the task it'd be easier and probably quicker, but I'm trying to use what I have and I'm not sure what chisels would be best anyway.
Well, that's what I'm looking at for now, someday I'd like to acquire more chisels but at present I'm not comfortable selecting any.