The ABCs of Letter Carving
A few key techniques handle every letter in the alphabet
Synopsis: Using a set of core techniques and some double-beveled chisels and gouges, Clark Kellogg can carve any letter in the alphabet. And so can you. He shares the three basic shapes you need to learn for letter carving, plus the techniques he uses to carve them. He also shares tips on using the proper tools, selecting the best type of wood for carving, and more.
I love carving letters. There is something about the crispness of a well-cut letter that just feels like magic to me. Eight years ago, I was fortunate to be able to study with English woodcarver Chris Pye and I still carve letters using the technique he taught me. There are many other approaches to letter carving, but I like this method because you can learn the basics in about a day—the rest is just a matter of practice.
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