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277092 Richard Wilson <yorkshireman@y...> 2023‑03‑10 Re: Quality scrollwork. (was: making scrollwork... how to smooth?)
A small revelation that says much about design being informed by making

> On 10 Mar 2023, at 12:52, James DuPrie  wrote:
>  By ending the cut a little before the point, then carving
> the point at the surface, the end result LOOKS like a really tight point
> that goes all the way through - even if it is only superficial... that
> meant that most of the real problem areas simply went away - they were
> carved instead of cut…

Isn’t that true for so many of us?  After some sweaty hours attempting to make
or repair summit (some thing, Paddy)  when you next encounter that same detail,
you make it in such a way that it fits your tools.

My own conversion was when I discovered that architectural carvings are fitted
to the sweep of the gouges you have on hand, and the crisp results are not the
product of years of apprenticing to handle a gouge and sweep a clean, cut curve
with one blow, but the result of having the design workable with the tools on
hand. - so THAT’s why carvers have so many tools.  But only the ones they
actually need.

Richard Wilson 
Yorkshireman Galoot.  
In a sunny Northumbria, where snow is hiding away in shady places.  

Yorkshireman Galoot
in the most northerly county, farther north even than Yorkshire
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