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I’m currently trying to carve my entry ports for my model of the Victory.  It’s a steep learning curve, which is a nice way of saying that it’s not going well.

 

I have carved a bas relief before, but at much larger scale.

 

 I am going to give these carvings a try.

 

I printed the patterns out and pasted them down to the board.  I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

 

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A harder specie of wood than basswood is needed for miniature carvings, as Paul advises. You will immediately see the difference, especially if your tools are kept razor sharp!

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Finished the second one!  Still 1/16” basswood!  Still learning!

 

Having fun and feeling better about the Victory’s carvings.

 

 I have some cedar grilling planks that are going to get cannibalized into those carvings.

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I made the crown cipher on my third attempt.  I bas reliefed it into 3/16” basswood.  It’s not perfect but it’ll do for now.  I made it with a #11 x-acto blade.

 

Among my lessons learned is that basswood is not really effective for miniature carving (which I already knew, but I wanted to try it anyway, because I have a lot of it, lol).

 

 I also learned that I am going to have to buy some pear or boxwood for the carvings on the Victory, because these are giant in comparison.

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