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Jmzey

A late xmas tree post!

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Jmzey   

Its been a while since my last post, for some reason the app on my phone just wont work and have only just got access back to my desktop - Arg.

 

But aye, was lucky enough to pick up my first commercial commission just before Christmas - The guys at Airspace East Kilbride asked me to carve a 5ft christmas tree to display in their main lobby..

This was by far my largest carve to date and was great fun.

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Its carved from some massive Lawson's Cypress we felled back in summer - A beautiful wood to work with - nice smell and a lovely grain.

 

 

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Was also my first proper try-out of the 20" Sugihara Q-Tip bar I got from Rob. This was for my Huskie 560xp, which i've read is pretty overpowered as far as carving goes, but I absolutely love it.

I'm certainly no expert on saws or carving set-ups so been using it pretty carefully - not wanting to cause ridiculous wear on the sprocket or the bar. However, its all but replaced a standard bar for the blocking out process, being able to comfortably use the tip for more intricate areas is brilliant, I got pretty much this whole piece finished with it, a lot faster than I expected to.

I did learn pretty quickly to keep a closer eye on both chain tension, and how much of the cutter heels I ground off, as i found it heating up quite quickly initially.

 

What do you guys use as mid-range saws? looking to add something with a 14-16" bar to my arsenal!

 

Any feedback or advice welcome as always!

Cheers,

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