stock for carving banks
buying any stock for carving blanks, I think it advisable to
nave it planed on both sides at the mill. This saves a great
deal of time and labor before you start work. Most well-equipped
the full 2-inch dimension. Common practice calls for 3/32 inch
of stock to be planed off each face. The mill will, if so requested,
plane to a full 17/8 inch dimension at no extra cost.
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all cases when buying stock I specify that the stock shall be
clear, free from shakes and checks; that it shall be kiln-dried
and that it shall be protected by coverings to protect the finished
faces in shipment. If I am buying from a new source, I also
specify that the stock shall be straight-grained. It is advisable
to tell the lumber dealer the purpose for which the stock is
to be used. He wants to see that you get exactly what you want,
and should havethat's his business.
Massive cuts can be made in Honduras mahogany with a long-handled
straight gouge. Note the clean cut, no fractures.
Making a long, sweeping cut in mahogany with the parting tool.