Have to agree with Chuck regarding general carving although I must admit I
have no experience chip carving it. Seems it has very little shear strength
between grain strata therefore any detail either pops off when it is being
carved or due to minor bumps,
so I at least spend half the time regluing pieces back on ....mjh
Chris Pye, a master carver, states that any wood can be carved...except
rhubarb. Pine is so readily available its hard to pass up. Advise about
radical grain changes is very sound. What you want is a really dull looking
piece of wood; but....any wood can be carved.
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