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    Default Re: Craigslist Cuckoo Clock (By: blindraccoon)

    I've seen all kinds of intricate carved settings including, wire, blades of grass, twigs with bark (carved from larger blocks of wood). It is amazing what some people can do.

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    Default Re: Craigslist Cuckoo Clock (By: gleber)

    I'm told the wood used on cuckoos are really good
    for carving. I do suppose one still has to watch the grain.
    I saw a video once of someone in the Black Forrest carving
    cuckoo parts.
    They just had some chisels, a mallet and a bench with a V shaped
    block to keep the wood from moving.
    In seconds they had a maple leaf done.
    My attempts at carving were never as good as yours, Tom.
    Tinker Dwight

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    Default Re: Craigslist Cuckoo Clock (By: Tinker Dwight)

    Not necessarily for you Tom, but along the lines of carving and just for fun, there's the chain saw carving (big saws and little saws) that can also be quite amazing.. a bear head carving in 4 minutes (elapsed time) https://youtu.be/S0uGmFRNOP0

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    Default Re: Craigslist Cuckoo Clock (By: blindraccoon)

    Yes, indeed... Sigh. If only I had that kind of talent...

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    Default Re: Craigslist Cuckoo Clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Dwight View Post
    I'm told the wood used on cuckoos are really good
    for carving. I do suppose one still has to watch the grain.
    I saw a video once of someone in the Black Forrest carving
    cuckoo parts.
    They just had some chisels, a mallet and a bench with a V shaped
    block to keep the wood from moving.
    In seconds they had a maple leaf done.
    My attempts at carving were never as good as yours, Tom.
    Tinker Dwight
    Thanks Tinker. Yes, the wood selection is important. I use basswood, with a very fine grain, but I don't think that is normally used for cuckoo clocks. Most of my carving is done using a convex blade and dremel. I use a soldering iron with the tip filed to a knife's edge for the fine details like the feathers. The heat burns away a little of the wood to leave an open soft line instead of the slit you get if you just run a knife through. You can see the result here.

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    I have not tried using chisels but would like to.

    Blindraccoon - sorry I seem to have highjacked your thread.

    Tom

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