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Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

Creating an Oak Base

I picked up a beautiful piece of red oak at my favourite lumber mill just north of town.  Card Lumber.  What a great spot for someone who likes wood.  I found a nice length of 8″ wide oak that was planed down for me to about a 3/4″ thickness.  After a few quick saw cuts, I had it clamped down and laminated to produce about the 14″ by 14″ base that I would need.

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That Black & Decker Workmate that you see the boards clamped down on was given to me as a Christmas present from my much missed Dad about 30 years ago and has served me very well…and has seen a lot of projects big and small.  I used that table to carve a rocking horse for my 2 year old daughter ( she’s no longer two ) and I used that same table for some pretty major house renovations over the years.

A nice piece of red oak emerged after gluing.  Now, how many people do you know who would take a picture of a piece of wood to post on their website?  You have to love wood.  It’s a sickness, really.

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Then to the bandsaw to create a nice flowing contour around the carving.  I like the contour work around the carvings of docks and such as it leaves me with the impression of water without actually trying to add and paint a water scene.  I’ve never come across a wood carving that includes a water scene that looks right to me…I much prefer a hint at a flat surface for water.  Plus, that red oak will just make the rest of the colours in the carving “pop” once it’s stained and urethaned.

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The base is substantial because the carving is quite substantial.  The pencil mark that you see will be where the flat surface ends and a router with a Roman Ogee contour will begin…a nice flowing line from the “water” to the tabletop where the carving will be displayed.  This is going to look really nice.

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2 thoughts on “Creating an Oak Base

  1. Cheryl Caro on said:

    Looks great! That old work mate still does a good job. But behind every tool are skilled hands! I’m anxious to see the finished piece.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Cheryl. We’re getting down to the final touches now.

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