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Doug Bernhardt
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Carving Brandy

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:31 pm

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I always hesitate to post my own work but in the spirit of this site and in memory of the amazing work that once decorated the Black Lion Pub in London I thought I'd share what I tried a few years ago as the work of these craftsmen was no small influence on me.

It was a winter lull at the shop and I had a few planks of basswood lying around and was into trying out an "almost" copy of one of the signs from The Black Lion. After studying these and the ones at the Salisbury (in near perfect condition) by S. Jones and Company in Kings Cross London. I am almost certain that they were using some sort of router on a gantry much like a computer driven machine. I was using hand routers and ran into the problem of not having the nice even background like the examples I'd seen and am going to include a few of the photos I used as reference.

I abbreviated mine to Brandy as I only had 6ft planks and this was intended to be just for the fun of it. On the one from The Salisbury (spirits) you can see what I thought was a punched background and made a couple for this purpose from hardened steel. You can see on the original "B" a crack going through the background and the letter which tells me this was likely a single piece of wood rather than cut letters applied....besides to do otherwise would require an enormous bandsaw! Anywho...there's a little of my investigational ramblings.
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Lee Littlewood
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Re: Carving Brandy

Post by Lee Littlewood » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:39 am

Great Stuff, Mr Bernhardt!
Did the punched background work out? With punched wood, how much do you worry about the crushed wood expanding over time?

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Re: Carving Brandy

Post by Ron Berlier » Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:49 pm

Hey don't feel bad about posting your work. I certainly can't imagine that I am the only one on the forum who enjoys seeing your stuff. Keep it coming :!: So the overall size of your piece is about 6 foot by 18 inches?
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Doug Bernhardt
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Re: Carving Brandy

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:23 pm

Hi Gents...I've seen some old pieces with punched backgrounds before and they seem to be in good condition. There are quite a few available from woodworking supply places but am pretty sure I made this one. Have a picture from Peter Devine's which I believe is the same punch.
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I have another in mind for the next time I'm prepared for a couple of hours of torture (it's noisy) on anything of substantial size. Brandy was only a 2x6' or so but the Devine's was closer to 30'

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Re: Carving Brandy

Post by erik winkler » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:10 am

I am not worthy of this post.
This is high class and what you made Doug is magnificent!
Please show everything you got.
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Learn, copy and trying to improve...
Still in the learning phase ;-)
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Doug Bernhardt
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Re: Carving Brandy

Post by Doug Bernhardt » Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:09 pm

I'm going to make a point of trying to be more forth coming...thanx for that Erik. It's easy to just dismiss ones own work when I see the quality of the other posts here and on Facebook. Also a certain "shyness" on my side is at play.

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Re: Carving Brandy

Post by Roderick Treece » Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:49 pm

Hi Doug,
It's alway a pleasure to see what your up to. It came out great !

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