Northern Red Oak
Only the most accomplished carvers tackle hard red oak, and then mostly for relief work. You won't get far without a mallet and very sharp gouges. Some tips:
- Change from a shallow bevel (of 15°-20°) to a deeper bevel of 25°-30°when you rough-in the outline of a relief design. Your gouges stay sharp longer. Then, when it's time to do the details and complete the carving, grind to a shallow bevel again for shaving.
- Our advice: Avoid slices along straight grain with stop cuts.
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