You are probably guessing where I am going with this.
The carver’s ‘trick’ of carving chain links adds to the risk when carving a lovespoon because of the necessary presence of short grain at the top and bottom of each link making breakage an ever present danger. For this reason carving chain links needs special care and cannot be rushed. There isn’t that much of a trick to it really, it just means slow, careful working.
I usually carve the ‘risky’ elements first when carving a lovespoon and in this case I did carve the links first. The thickness of the blank facilitated the process and all went well.
The successfully carved chain links
New South Wales Rosewood is a timber I have become quite familiar with and moving down to hollowing out the bowl the timber carved crisply, even at the very bottom of the bowl’s inside curve, where some tear out often needs to be dealt with by deft slicing cuts slightly across the grain. This particular piece of timber also had an attractive colour variation running through the left hand third of the blank, some subtle yellowish streaks.
|Sound Timber to carve inside the bowl|
|Some detail on the dragon head begun|
|The chain links carved , the bowl mostly shaped inside and out and some progress on the dragon|
|The flakey crumbling portion|
|Outline of new carving blank cut on scroll saw from American curly cherry|