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Old 09-06-2010, 12:14 PM
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I am getting started with carving on walking sticks and am having a problem copying patterns to the round surface. Is there an trick to the transfer? Thank you, Carl
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RVR ... are you working on green wood. Sometimes the sap will prevent graphite or carbon from sticking to the wood.

I would suggest that on dry wood you cut along the outside edges of the pattern allowing about 1/4" margin. Then cut a piece of typewriter carbon paper or graphite paper the same size and shape of the cut pattern. You can use rubber bands or transparent tape to hold the two papers in place against the wood.

If the pattern paper buckles alot try cutting small darts or slits from the margin area into the pattern area to allow the paper to overlap. That will let you work around thick areas or knot holes.

I prefer a red ink pen to do my tracings, that way I can clearly see what I have or have not gone over.

After you have done a few I expect that you will soon be simply drawing the basic lines of the pattern onto the wood directly.

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If you follow Susan's suggestions you can n't go wrong. I find that continuing the markers for eyes mouth and chin arounf=d the stick help the alignment of the face.
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I gave up trying to copy patterns onto round surfaces. It's a little like trying to put a square peg in a round hole. Instead I draw just enough of the pattern on the wood to get me started and then redraw and add more detail as I go along.
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i don't know if this will help but on some of my patterns i have used a tracing wheel like seamstess use for cloth whent around the pattern made the holes then put it on the wood and dusted it w/ carbon or blue chalk for chalk boxs but this don't work for the detail where the holes are to far apart!, the chalk sticks alittle better then tring to get the pattern by carbon paper and it didn't wrinkle up like when u.r tring to trace- it's a whole lot easyer w/ big patterns,but the blue will stain the wood keep that in mind on what pc. u.r working with!!!!
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p.s u have to trace the pattern w/the wheel on cloth or something soft that will give of a 1/8in. before putting it on the wood--for the details i take a stickpin and punch the holes by hand its a lot less work then tracing the whole pattern!
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Hey Carl I find if I cut the pattern outside the lines and just use any glue ( School House Type) then glue it to the stick after removing the Bark ,then just cut thru the paper works for me. I do it on all my pattern transfers for my carvings. Merle
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On occasion I have temporarily taped a pattern onto my wood and then punch holes along the pattern lines with a nail and then connected the dots later on with pencil.
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