Carving Letters in Steel.

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On 3/16/2018 at 12:02 AM, Howling dog forge said:

I am wondering if you could do the chisel work  and then do the scroll.

John's spot on the money.  You can get away with reversing the order of operations if the work is large enough and the carved lines are deep enough into the field, but that's a rare combo to find.

Generally speaking, the piece doesn't look right if you reverse things because the carved lines are never a consistent distance from the edge.  Or, you spend a gob of time filing the perimeter to try and get things spaced right so they look right.


Reminds me, I need to make up a new set of chisels.  The 1070 alloy was pretty easy to work with, but this 1095 I'm using now is really wearing things down quickly!

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