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Cupids arrow

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:01 pm

Its that time off year again when we men forget until the day that Valentines day is coming up, well never fear the old romantic Sean is here to offer a possible solution. Why not carve her or him a little token of your love. All you need is a piece of willow or lime and a small block of yew, some boiling water a vice and knife as well as a drill.
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If you don`t want to spend the time of carving a yew heart why not be a skinflint and use a washer, but down our way 2p coins are cheaper and if you do not mind defacing the queen coin why not also cut it into the shape of a heart.
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The heart one is the first I have done and unfortunatly the hole is a little off centre. By the way nothing is jointed or glued or even taken 3 years to grow through the hole
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby robin wood » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:45 pm

Ooooh I like those, so are you going to tell us or do we have to go and play to work it out?

I guess boil the pointy end, squash it in vice pop it through and then watch as it gradually regains its shape. Do I win a prize? :D
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:08 pm

You got it Robin. :mrgreen: I also soak it afterwards in water, it seems to swell faster.
Boiling water works best first off, because when you put it in the vice the wood dries out faster and tends to retain its shape for a few seconds longer. You will need to bang the arrow through the hole and I have bent 2p coins by banging too hard because I did not make the arrow small enough. Give it a go its a graet talking point when selling or demonstrating.
It was Tangerman that first got me into these, he has an arrow through a target which is a disc of wood. The arrow head can be turned on the lathe and it is the disc which is boiled. I love his Whittling and woodcarving book but some of his descriptions of how to make stuff takes a bit of working out, unlike the how to books these days. Has anyone made a pair of pliers yet out of one piece of wood? another of his many projects
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby Robin Fawcett » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:10 pm

Be nice to see some with the arrow really grown through !

I just make hearts, usually from apple wood.

According to Jacqueline Memory Patterson in her book Tree Wisdom (ISBN 0722534086), Apple is the wood for a "love gift". ?

More-or-less anything you make containing a Heart motif will sell really quickly and easily.
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby Joe DesLauriers » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:11 pm

It works best if you can make the arrow with the grain Perpendicular to the arrow head and/or fletching
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby Nicola Wood » Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:18 am

That's very cool!
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby paul atkin » Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:43 am

great stuff sean
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby Dames » Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:58 pm

When you squash the tip of the arrow , do you do it face to face of the tip or side to side between the vice if that makes sense?

I've carved the heart - moved up to a stanley knife this time :0) - and the arrow , just need to sand and finish both before attempting to wallop it thu' :0)

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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby SeanHellman » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:35 pm

How much information do I give away? I feel to much already :mrgreen:

Experiment and you will find the answers, I have done a lot of experiments, it will give you a better understanding of the nature of wood, try it both ways and with different woods.

You have to find the correct size of arrow head before you squash it, to big and it will fail, this is because you have to hit it hard. It should be a gentle tap
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby Dames » Mon Aug 02, 2010 10:51 pm

Thats a fair enough answer Sean , I shall ask no more on the subject ,I'll go away and risk my first arrow in the vice :)

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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby chainsawkid » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:03 am

Wow, they are fantastic! Have got plenty of time to get them right before next Feb :D

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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby Dames » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:08 pm

Well here we go ( Stanley knife in hand ) , my first attempt , tbh I'm not overly happy with the shape . It resembles more of a heart shaped bar of soap you might buy than a hand carved heart and arrow, but hey it ain't too bad. Plenty more practice required though.

I certainly won't be making a living at it lol as it's probably taken me the best part of a day to do it overall but then thats not what I'm here for.It's a bit thick and chunky and no doubt it will get much tougher as it gets finer.

Chuffed that I've done it though , cheers Sean :wink:

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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby SeanHellman » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:15 pm

Wow! well done.
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Re: Cupids arrow

Postby bodgehog » Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:10 pm

Oh my.

Very nice indeed.

There is another on the 'to do' list.
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