Sunday, June 19, 2016

Never Too Old for Carving Wood!

John Otten, 90 years old and member of S D Woodcarvers, Inc. since 1998,  regularly attends weekly wood carving class and Third Saturday meetings at the Center for Active Generations.   Like other members of the club, he is still working on the sunflower relief carving project that our youngest member and President, Derek Boekoff, presented at the Third Saturday meeting in May.

Basswood cut outs with instructions for this project are still available


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ninety-five Dollars for an Extra Large V Tool?

Master Woodworker, Paul Nordlie, was successful in creating a router cut profile along the front edge of two black walnut brackets which will support the key board on the beautiful console he is building for the new pipe organ.  My job was to carve 90 degree notches at approximately 30 millimeter intervals to make a series of perfectly square pyramid shapes along the entire front edge.

An ordinary 1 inch wide Stanley wood chisel worked well cutting at a 45 degree angle into the black walnut grain running length wise.

Then I came to the curved area where cuts had to made in the end grain.  I thought I was being a little crazy, if not extravagant, to let Jeremy Frislie talk me into buying a 95 dollar 28 mm, 75 degree V tool in addition to the smaller 60 degree I had ordered, but, honestly, I don't know how I would have carved those end grain pyramids with out it!

My job now, is to carve the fancy ornamentation on the outside faces of each bracket.   (Not to mention eight more pipe shades...)

  "Extra Sharp" Stanley Wood Chisel, part of a set given to me by my neighbor.  (Said he had no use for them...)

Stubai 28mm, 75 degree, V Parting Tool, made in Austria, purchased from Frislie Toolworks

Irrelevant No. 3 back bent home made tool

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Two done...Only ten more pieces left to carve

Two flat panel upper pipe shades that will appear on either side of the center tower for J. F. Nordlie's new pipe organ being built for the Cathedral in New Ulm, MN, are waiting to be covered in gold leaf.

Not including design and layout work, over 200 hours were spent carving these two pieces.  Two smaller flat panels will hide the pipe bases, and each of the three towers with have curved upper and lower pipe shades.

Now I am carving ornamentation on the black walnut support brackets for the keyboard counsel, which is soon to be delivered.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Carving Project for J. F. Nordlie Pipe Organ Builders

All ten pipe shade "blanks" to be carved for the new pipe organ being built for the Cathedral in New Ulm, MN,  have been delivered to my shop. The curved shades, six in all, were built from 1/16 inch thick basswood strips, glued together and pressed into a form at the J. F. Nordlie Co. organ building facility at 504 S Charlotte Ave.  As soon as the carvings are done, they will be gilded in gold leaf.

The whole project is a bit behind schedule, but I'm hoping that any further delay won't be the fault of my not getting the carving done on time...I may have to give up my morning nap and restrict my afternoon nap to just 20 minutes.

Work in Progress:

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Work Begins!


Developing a full sized pattern (scribble and erase, erase and scribble) for two of the five upper pipe shades to adorn the new J. F. Nordlie pipe organ now being built for the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Church in New Ulm, MN.  Eventually these pipe shades, carved in basswood, will be gilded with gold leaf such as those we did for the Chapel Organ in the Moravian Church in Kernersville, NC:

 J. F. Nordlie Organ - Opus 50.