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Thank you guys for nice comments.

Scrollwork and moldings are done with CNC milling maschine. The same situation is for the parts on next pictures. All carvings are made with CNC. It is likely that some of you will condemn this process, but you will not stop technical progress. I would be quite interested in your opinion on the use of modern techniques for creating carvings.

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1 hour ago, dvm27 said:

My only problem with earlier CNC carvings and moldings was that they looked like they were done on a machine. You have achieved a level of proficiency that makes your work look very natural, like they could have been made by a talented sculptor. Who could have a problem with that?

I fully agree with this - The level of carvings that can be achieved by CNC is astounding.  Although I do not have the required IT skills to do this sort of thing I would happily pay someone to do it for me.  I tried carving a figurehead and it turned out looking like a bad zombie holding a skateboard.  There is no way my carving skills would end up on a ship.  

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While the CNC results are unarguably excellent, they lack the irregularity and sharper edges of manually carved works. This, of course, is simply a personal observation and opinion. Manual carving seems, to me at least, more 'soul' in its imperfections. I suppose such idiosyncrasies could be programmed into CNC!

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I think i would prefer to see this method rather than 3d printed versions, and why would you put a barnacle on such a beautiful piece of craftmanship if you are not a carver. We can't be skilled in every aspect of our hobby and I see no difference between this and using a milling machine or a lathe to create joints and components.

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On 8/18/2020 at 9:40 AM, dvm27 said:

My only problem with earlier CNC carvings and moldings was that they looked like they were done on a machine. You have achieved a level of proficiency that makes your work look very natural, like they could have been made by a talented sculptor. Who could have a problem with that?

Greg I couldn't agree with you more. Now were can I get one of those  CNC carvers. Very very nice marsaly and enjoying looking at your build. Gary

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Thank you guys for your feedback. My experience with hand carving is minimal and not very good. Therefore, the use of CNC milling maschne for carvings seemed to be the only possible solution. But even the actual production of cnc carvings requires knowledge of several computer programs to create a 3D model and prepare data for the CNC milling machine. So it's not just about turning on cnc and waiting.

Answer to scrubbyj427 - CNC maschine is small maschine made in China, but so far I'm satisfied.

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On 9/12/2020 at 4:34 PM, No Idea said:

 I like mine but find the indexing is not that accurate. 

I'm surprised, as I find the Proxxon mill very accurate. Have you tried adjusting the gib strips to eliminate any play in the 3 axes? I've not had any problem with backlash with mine, but if it an issue I suspect there's information on the web on how to eliminate it.

 

Derek

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