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marcos9999
13-04-2019, 05:08 AM
Hi all,

Just want to hear people's experiences with wax carving and also with CAD modeling. Your views and comments? Weaknesses and strengths of these different methods.

Thanks

josef1
13-04-2019, 12:13 PM
I mill wax to make my models I also hand carve a bit I find they complement each other. Hand carving is difficult and time consuming milling takes time but once the machine is running you can be doing other things.

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this was cad and milled but its quicker to manually fit the bail on after

Vawny
12-07-2019, 01:45 AM
Wow that's beautiful Josef.

Myself, I have only hand carved so far, but may have to do a little of both in future due to a worsening wrist/ hand condition; I appreciate the artistry of both. I like the detail and accuracy that can be obtained by CAD, but also like that someone has sat down and hand carved something... not perfect maybe, but more personal I think.

I'd be interested in more people's opinions too xx

enigma
12-07-2019, 09:45 AM
I hand carve and have no idea how to use CAD so can't really compare but I have sent a couple of things that I wouldn't want to do by hand to Jo to CAD and been very happy with the results, this was one:
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I felt it would be too small and tricky to hand carve and I find symmetry tough too.
This is the kind of thing I make from peoples photos:
https://sarahfoxfineart.co.uk/a1-gallery3.asp?roomID=7605&pictureID=96051

Goldsmith
12-07-2019, 11:09 AM
I have only hand modelled my waxes for casting, I rarely use castings but some items must be cast, like this silver stag I made for an antique restoration job i the past.

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James