Ready-to-Carve 8" Outside Beaded Edge Basswood Plate with 18pt Swirl Center surrounded by variety of carved fans
This "Ready-to-Carve" 8" Beaded Edge Basswood Plate is well-suited to any experienced Chip Carver - from Intermediate through Advanced.
From the time I designed and carved this piece in 2005, I've consistently received compliments and requests for a pattern. I introduced it, along with another 8" beaded edge Ready-to-Carve plate, at the Charlotte NC Showcase of Woodcarvings - the largest in the Southeastern US. Now, as a Ready-to-Carve product, I'm experiencing that same level of interest all over again. Between the two 8" plates, they proved to be the most popular introduction of a new Ready-to-Carve item in the past 18 months.
As mentioned in the description of that other 8" design, it's important that any carver doing this piece, pay close attention to maintaining smooth, uninterrupted lines that separate the fans and center swirl from one another. In other words, when carving this piece, pay attention to the edges of the "positive images" as much as the internal edges of the fans and center swirl. The more you work at achieving that goal, the more you'll be pleased with the end result.
I'm sure you'll be just as excited as all of the people who snatched them up at the Charlotte Show, with the prospect of getting to work on carving this Ready-to-Carve plate, skipping the layout or tracing stages altogether, and moving directly into carving it! I know you'll enjoy it!