Carving Copier 2.0

Carving Copier 2.0

Jul 15

 

Well, it’s been a while since my last post.

 

Been working on some big things in the shop and it’s too early to reveal any details.

 

To get ready, though, I resurrected the carving copier I built a few years back.

 

This is version 2.0 which I replaced the drawer slides (X axis) on the original with linear bearings and rails (20 mm X 30 inches) like I used on the Z and Y axis.

 

 

 

 

 

This improvement makes the copier much smoother, dead on accurate, and gets rid of the racking issue I had with the drawer slides.

Face repair

Face repair

Sep 17

 

Just finished repairing a great really old (1700’s) Boxwood piece.

 

This came in with most of the face missing and a pretty big chunk missing from the front of the lever.

 

Here are a couple pictures when it came in:

 

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Here’s a photo of it in process of being repaired.

 

New Boxwood has been attached, carved, and is waiting to be stained and blended.

 

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Here are a couple photos of the piece done:

 

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This was a challenging repair.

 

I want to thank Arlene Wagner from the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum for sending me reference photos of pieces she has from this time period so I could make sure the details I needed to add were authentic to the piece.

 

—– Brandon

 

Bear chewin’ on a Feedbag

Bear chewin’ on a Feedbag

Sep 10

 

Here’s a fantastic piece I got to restore recently for one of the Nutcracker Collectors’ Club members.

 

It’s a really rare screw type nutcracker of a bear chewing on a feedbag.

 

This piece has a ton of detail and is very well done.

 

It came in with a broken feedbag nub, hole in the base, and chipped ears.

 

Here are a couple before pictures:

 

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Here are a couple pictures after all the repairs were made:

 

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This was a fun piece to work on and came out great!

 

—–Brandon

 

Dog with a Rat

Dog with a Rat

Sep 04

 

Here’s a really rare unique screw type nutcracker that came into the shop recently for repairs.

 

Both ear tips were missing and needed replaced.

 

Here are a couple before pictures showing the ear tips missing:

 

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Here are a couple pictures showing the piece after I added new ear tips:

 

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The piece came out great and the new ear tips blend seamlessly with the original.

 

New Piece Available

New Piece Available

Jul 24

 

I carved a few unique nutcrackers to take to the 2016 Nutcracker Collectors’ Convention.

 

Here’s a brand new design I came up with for the convention to demonstrate the type of work I do.

 

It’s a Screw Type Skull Nutcracker. It’s hand carved out of Mahogany, it’s 3 inches tall, and about 5 inches long.

 

It’s signed and is the first and only one of this design so far. It’s numbered as #1.

 

 

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This piece is currently available for purchase at Ardoria.com.

 

Old English Cottage

Old English Cottage

Jul 16

 

While I collect and restore antique nutcrackers, I also make my own pieces that I sell on occasion.

 

Recently I carved an Old English Cottage nutcracker to take to the 2016 Nutcracker Collectors’ Convention.

 

This is a highly detailed piece that I carved out of Walnut just for fun. It’s about 4 inches square and stands about 9 inches tall.

 

I used Pyrography to add some of the very fine details (door hinges) and accentuate  the smaller carvings (window tracery). This also gave the piece  a camp fire aroma which was an added bonus!

 

 

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Front of the cottage showing the details accentuated using Pyrography

 

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Right side of the cottage showing the chimney details

 

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Back showing the screw knob and roof details

 

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Left side showing the window tracery details

 

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Bottom showing the screw nutcracking mechanism

 

This was a very fun piece to do and I am very proud to report this piece was bought by the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum at the convention.

 

Stay tuned for more great pieces i took to the convention.

 

—– Brandon