Perhaps I am going too deep into this discussion with the trial cutting.
But let me explain my situation about 'wood working' tools for carving>
I have collected a few chisels, bought some 'dogs', but settled on a few that I have used over the years.
Now comes Chuck and his promise to make us all into expert carvers of micro sculptures:
and what do I have to work with?
The two to the left are part of a series of wood-working chisels, not carving chisels (and there is a difference).
But I have used them for my carving attempts.
Then I decided to buy some 'micro carving tools'.
I know a better way is to buy individual tools as-needed, but for a novice I took the plunge.
Those are the ones I am now using for the 'practice board' mentioned above. I am slow, so bear with me.
The 1.5 inch squares in a piece of basswood could not be easier to cut you think.
Hold on. I stripped a couple of those borders very nicely and will ignore borders for now. There is also the issue of grain direction!!
The idea with part of the board is to carve concave and convex surfaces. The more I did this, the braver I got and went deeper. I am getting the hang of those gouges, not pretty but satisfying.
Edited by Modeler12, 04 December 2016 - 02:55 AM.