Chakte Viga ranges in color from a striking orange-red to a golden brown, and darkens with time. Despite its density, it is quite easy to work with sharp tools. Chakte Viga features a beautiful natural luster, and is often markedly iridescent once finished. Closely related to Brazilwood (used for violin bows), Chakte Viga has similarly excellent acoustic properties.Technical Details:Chakte Viga: (Mexican Pernambuco) Caesalpinia platylobaNative to: Mexico and Central America.Hardness: Chakte Viga is very hard; about twice as hard as white oak.Grain/Texture: Fine, even texture. Natural luster.Rot Resistance: Extremely rot-resistant. Sometimes used as fence post material.Workability: Machines well with sharp equipment. Occasional interlocking grain can result in tearout. Takes glue and finish well. Odor: Slight.
In Relief Carving Workshop, acclaimed carver and instructor Lora S. Irish shows you the easy way to learn the rewarding art of relief woodcarving. She takes you through every element of the carving process, starting with step-by-step exercises on a practice board that introduce all of the essential cuts, contouring, and smoothing steps used in carving. Once you've mastered the individual strokes, you'll learn to use these same basic cuts over and over again to create eleven magnificent works of art. Clear, in-depth instructions and dozens of how-to photographs accompany each project. You'll learn proper tool handling, how to prepare the wood, follow patterns, and apply finishes. With just a few sharp tools, a smooth piece of wood, and this book, you'll be confidently carving birds, portraits, dragons, landscapes, wood spirits, and more. 128 pages. Contents: IntroductionWoodcarving ToolsSharpening Carving ToolsSelecting Carving WoodWorking with PatternsCreating a Practice BoardBirch Bark SwanCountry Goose BarnMayan High PriestMexican ToucansCeltic Stone DragonBeta FishSunken GreenmanAfrican Mask 1African Mask 2''No Vacancy'' BirdhouseBumblebee and SunflowerIndex About the Author: Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author who has written and published numerous books on carving and crafting with wood. She is also a regular contributer to several woodworking magazines.
Trusted by generations of woodworkers, shellac is a traditional, quick-drying finish that is ideal for antiques and fine furniture. It is durable, non-yellowing and imparts a warm glow to all wood surfaces. Also works great for sealing wood, knots and drywall prior to applying paint. All-natural and non-toxic, this shellac is safe for use with children's toys. Blocks all odors. Amber or Clear.Will adhere to glass and ceramic.For best results, thin to a 2 lb. cut (2 parts denatured alcohol, 5 parts shellac).May be tinted by adding up to 1.5 oz. per quart.Apply several thin coats with brush, pad or lint-free wiping cloth.1 quart covers approximately 100-150 sq. ft., depending on porosity.Dries to touch in 30 minutes.Let dry 1 hour before sanding with 220 grit or finer sandpaper.Allow subsequent coats to dry at least 1 hour before sanding.Cleanup with denatured alcohol or household ammonia and water.This product is not dewaxed.Not recommended as a sealer under polyurethane.Please note that this item can be shipped only by UPS Ground to addresses within the continental United States.