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Found 19 results

  1. Hello everyone, this is my first post on here, so I hope it goes well. I've started getting more into carving baits, and I have a few questions for those of you with experience. First off, I'd like to say that I truly admire some of the great talent that I've seen on this website! I hope to get better and improve my baits, and hopefully you guys can help me out. I've designed two lures in CAD already, and they have gone well so far. The first bait is a small ~5-6" swimbait. The second is a huge trout swimbait. As a newbie, I don't know how to weight the lures properly (where to place the weights, and what weights to even use), as well as where to place a joint for the most effective swimming action. Any insight on those two would be greatly appreciated. My large trout lure has unfortunately gotten damaged, from it dropping onto concrete floor. Part of the tail has broken off, so I epoxied it back on. I am wondering if this will be strong enough. Should I have done something different? Also, how thin do you typically carve the fins? I'm using basswood, and I don't want to make them so thin that they're too weak to stay intact (like the tail). I've left the other fins around 1/4" thick, am I able to make them smaller without issue? My other question is about carving the details (gills, fins, scales). I've tried just carving grooves with a knife, but I haven't been able to get the results I'm looking for. I've ordered a Flexcut detail carving kit, and I was wondering if this is the type of tools you guys use for your detailing. Below are pics of the trout. Thanks in advance for anyone willing to respond!
  2. I am trying to get into carving my hard body lures from wood by hand. I was wondering what tools any of you would recommend as a must have for that job. So far i have been using a sharp knife and a dremel engraver for fine detail. It works but I want to know how to make things more productive with better tools.
  3. markbxr400

    runt16

    Final product.
  4. markbxr400

    runt17

    The finished lure after painting and epoxy.
  5. markbxr400

    runt15

    wrap a piece of cloth type sandpaper around a dowel, and smooth the two sides of the nose.
  6. markbxr400

    runt14

    This is what the nose looks like after the rasp.
  7. markbxr400

    runt13

    Another pic of using the rasp to smooth and final shape the nose.
  8. markbxr400

    runt12

    Using a rounded rasp (I use a Dragon file), lightly continue to shape and smooth the two sides of the nose.
  9. markbxr400

    runt11

    Profile view of carved nose.
  10. markbxr400

    runt10

    This is how the nose looks after carving.
  11. markbxr400

    runt9

    Now, using the bent skew chisel, continue working the two sides of the nose to the new top centerline.
  12. markbxr400

    runt8

    Redraw the top centerline along the new flat area just created in the last step.
  13. markbxr400

    runt7

    Using your chisel, carve right down the top line to start creating a curve nose.
  14. markbxr400

    runt6

    Continue carving until you achieve carved sides that meet the two lines that are 90 degrees away from the top line .
  15. markbxr400

    runt5

    Using a bent skew carving chisel, start along the 1" line one either side of the top line and start removing material. Move from side to side to keep the two sides symmetrical.
  16. markbxr400

    runt4

    Runt blank inserted into soft jaw vise, ready for carving.
  17. markbxr400

    runt3

    view of the marked lines from the nose.
  18. markbxr400

    runt2

    Drill hook eyelet hole at intersection of two lines on bottom of lure. Drill weight holes if adding weights.
  19. markbxr400

    runt1

    Marking a turned blank for a river runt nose. Mark line along lure every 90 degrees. Mark a line around the lure 1" from nose.
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