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Carving comments

Carving comments

Carvers haven't traditionally been drawn to white ash. Maple-like in hardness, but failing to take fine detail, the wood probably seems more trouble than it's worth. But if you want to carve white ash, treat it like red oak:

  • Do rough-in work with a deeper bevel (25 & 176; 30 & 176;), and then grind to a shallower bevel (15 & 176; 20 & 176;) for details.
  • Don't attempt long slices with the grain because the wood will splinter. Instead, take shorter strokes and use stop cuts.

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