Ornamental Wood Carving Wand Gildin

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Campaign created 10 months ago
Ornamental wood carving differs from typical wood carving in that the products are generally simply used for decoration or to enhance architectural features, rather than serving a specific purpose. For example, instead of carving the table, you could be carving intricate designs into the legs. Oftentimes this style of wood carving goes hand in hand with gilding. Gilding is the process of applying a thin layer of gold paint or even gold leaf. This can enhance carved features and really bring a sculpture to life.

There are many different styles of ornamental wood carving, all utilizing different tools. For example, chip carving involves using knives or chisels to remove small pieces of the material. This technique is also commonly referred to as spoon carving. Another common carving style is relief carving. With this, things like figures and landscapes are carved into a flat panel of wood. This allows the picture to only slightly project from the background. It is more or less like carving a picture into the wood.

Along with different style of ornamental wood carving, come different tools used. As mentioned previously, with chip carving, knives and chisels are the primary instruments utilized.

 Some people use small specialty carving knives, built especially for carving wood. Chisels come in both large and small sizes. They are primarily used to clean up surfaces and for creating lines. A gouge tool is often used for creating curves and hollows in the wood. There are even special gouge tools, like the U-Gouge, which is a deeper gouge with a U-shaped cutting edge. For larger projects, a coping saw may be used. This saw is very small and used to cut off larger portions of wood than a knife is capable of. V-tools, otherwise known as parting tools, are a key instrument especially for ornamental wood carvers. These tools are used for outlining and decorative details.

Gilding, like ornamental wood carving, also has many techniques. Most commonly associated with wood carving are techniques such as oil-gilding and overlaying. Oil-gilding is usually used when the carving will be outside exposed to the elements or if it will be in an otherwise damp atmosphere. Oil-gilding is done with varnish or resin that dries slowly and leaves a tacky surface. The gold leaf is simply pressed into the tacky surface. It takes a little bit of mastering, but the end result is magnificent. Overlaying is the oldest gilding technique. In fact, it is even mentioned in the Old Testament as well as Homer's Odyssey. Overlaying involves first coating the surface in “gesso". Gesso is made from finely ground gypsum or sometimes chalk mixed with glue. This leaves a tacky surface like that used in oil-gilding. The gold leaf is then layered on and left to dry.

By utilizing the aforementioned techniques, you can transform your next project into something truly spectacular. Although it can be quite time consuming, the result is well worth it. All in all, ornamental woodcarving and gilding, while not quite as popular today as it once was, is truly a unique and artisanal craft.
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