Walnut Necklace


I just finished the carving on this walnut bowl.  I snapped a few photos while carving the “necklace” around the rim.  But first, a point about gouges:


One gouge can be pretty versatile, depending on how you use it.  You can vary textures by changing the length or width of cuts.  This gouge is 30mm wide with about a #6 sweep.  But this relatively subtle texture was created with it by only using a small portion of the edge with each cut.  Another way to think about it is to remember that in the standard system, gouge sweep is relative to the width of the gouge, so, for example, using a small portion of a #8 25 mm gouge will result in the same cuts as a #3 8mm gouge; they are based on the same radius of curvature and will inscribe approximately the same circle.

This series of photos follows the necklace carving, but this time rather than arched side walls, the side walls are straight.


After layout, I get some material out of the way by coming in to the center from each corner with a v-tool.


Then I continue to use the v-tool, tipping it over to remove more excess closer to the edges.


I stab into each junction with a skew chisel.


Working on the side walls first, I pare with the skew chisel.


Once I get further around the rim, I need to switch directions to work with the grain for clean cutting.


The end walls are sliced in a continuous movement that follows the curvature of the outer sweep of the necklace.


Tidy up the junctions as necessary.  Take your time.  The outer wall of the chips should appear to be continuous.


Ready for oil.


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25 Responses to Walnut Necklace

  1. francedozois says:

    oh yeah and you will show it to us again oiled?


  2. brad says:

    I have been trying to find a skew chisel like yours and have been unable to. Could you tell me where you found yours or where I might find one similar? Thanks.


  3. ikustwood says:

    A pure marvel. Such grace … thank you

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  4. Scott Thomas says:

    It’s interesting how different and much bolder in appearance the straight sides look compared to the curved. As always thank you for sharing your gift of carving and knowledge of method.

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  5. Rob says:

    Definitely a lesson on knowing how to get the best out of a few tools, rather than having a tool chest full of ‘one use’ tools.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Michael Tait says:

    Astonishing control, design and finish once again Dave…

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  7. onerubbersoul says:


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  8. nrhiller says:

    Gorgeous. So crisp and vibrant.

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  9. treenworks says:

    Will you be teaching lettering or necklaces at Greenwood Fest?


    • Dave Fisher says:

      The exact offerings for the mini-workshops during the fest haven’t been finalized yet. These are 2-3 hour classes during the Fest. I was thinking about both, though. We could layout and carve the necklace on flat boards, even, which could also be a canvas for written notes and such and be a great reference to take home.

      Once Paula has the details worked out, she’ll let those signed up for the Fest know about the mini-workshop options, then you’ll be able to register.

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  10. John Reed says:

    I love that perfect line you created with the outside arc of the necklace.

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  12. LANEY REECE says:

    MR. DAVID, thank you so much for sharing what you know and have learned,people like you help out us so much.Do not have the money to go to a school and learn,would love to,but I canget into off internet. THANKS LANEY

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  13. Dave Fisher says:

    You’re welcome, Laney. Glad to know the information has been helpful and I wish you the best with your carving.


  14. Hi Dave,
    Have you done an article on how you layout the bowl necklaces you do, or do you think you may do so in the future.

    Steve Anderson


    • Dave Fisher says:

      Steve, I wrote an article with that procedure in the Sept/Oct 2017 Fine Woodworking Magazine. The article title is “Mater Class: Decorative Chip Carving” and is in the same issue with my article called “Carve A Greenwood Bowl.” Here’s a post about that issue:

      Fine Woodworking

      And here’s a page from my website listing articles:

      Published Articles List

      I discussed some of the procedure in this post:

      Necklace for a Bowl

      I’d still like to get everything organized in one package sometime. Thanks for your interest.


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