A peek at what we make
Specifically, marquetry. Or as most might know it, inlays. Basically if you take a small image that you want to incorporate into a larger piece of wood work, you cut out the smaller piece from a different type of wood, cut an exact replica in relief-form into the piece it will fit into, then “ideally” there you have it.
I’ve been struggling a bit with this. First it was that I was using pieces that were too thin and kept splitting. Then I was having some trouble getting the piece I made to match up with the relief it was meant to fit into. I decided it was time to look into some specialty tools for wood carving.
Chisels, gouges- these are the kinds of tools that wood carvers rely on. I found 2 sets in my local craft shop. The first was a set of 8 for a bit over $5. The other was a set of 6 for nearly $25. Being that I was *just* getting started with this, I opted for the cheap set.
And that’s what I got. Cheap tools. Not inexpensive, not ‘well priced’, just Cheap. I have already had 2 tips start to bend, and really folks- believe me when I tell you that I am not rough on these tools. I’ve had to straighten out the tips and now am just waiting for those places that bent to start snapping off altogether.
And so, Rule #1 was broken. Never buy Cheap tools. Spend the money and get the right one from the start. Why? Because now that nearly $25 set of carving tools is going to wind up costing me about $30 when all is said and done. And that doesn’t even take into consideration the performance. For all I know I may as well be trying to cut up a steak with a butter knife.
Buy it right. Buy it once.
Once the Secret project isn’t a secret anymore I will put some pictures of it on my Flickr page.