carving wooden chains : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread

my dad carved wooden chains. i never asked him where he learned to do it. they were not elaborate. they may have been tramp art. i found this example on a hobo page here is the link. any one still do this or know anything about it?

-- js (, January 13, 2002


carving chains is not a technically difficult task the trick is to not carve the links end to end. but with the links slightly off center this makes separating the links much easier I learned this by trial & error. try to create as much space as you can between the links this will make it much easier to carve. remember patience is a virtue! you will be a virtuous person if you carve more than 2 links good luck!

-- old hippie (, March 26, 2002.

My grandfather carved wooden chains out of cedar. He taught my Uncles as well as my mother how to do it. They in turn have taught me. I have carved a couple, but I'm limited on free time so I haven't been able to work on any more as of late. Not only do we carve the chain links, we can also carve a box with a wooden ball inside. The ball moves around, and is held in place by the four corner posts of the box. It's very relaxing, and I would be willing to answer any questions you may have to assist you. One final note, while working on the last one I made, my knife slipped and I ended up with 5 stitches in my left forefinger. So BE CAREFUL!!! Good luck.

-- Roy W. Rosenbaum (, March 27, 2002.

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