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Looks like your having fun. Dont be afraid to get stuck in deeper to the wood, helps get away from the made from cylinder shape. Quite often doing 2 cuts like a giant wiggley v gouge is a good way of getting away from the standard chainsaw thick cutting lines as well. Also you cab use the front tip of the bar on half revs moving from side to side to kind of chisel off material in ways that are hard to do without this technique.

Never tried aspen or tamarack. Birch should be ok but wont last outdoors well. Spruce is ok but like alot of softwoods, can be hard to get a detailed chisel finish.

Oak is good and takes detail very well and lasts good. Hard, heavy and dear though. Im still working my way through a wagon of tight grained larch i got which looks great but a bit fussy when you get down to chisels.

Sycmore and lime are nice and waxy, but wont last well. Same with holly.

Depends if its going to be outside but I'd defs have a go with all the things you have on offer and just have a good play.

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Thanks for the reply. Oak is non existent in these parts unless I wanted to buy lumber from hardware stores. Think I will try some aspen for indoor pieces if they look ok if not fatten the stove.


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Hi have a look for Simon O Rourke he has posted some quiet in depth info and a really good vid on grinding the heals , why don’t chain manufacturers just make carving chains with the heals already done.

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