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I have a carving question, but wish to give a bit of background.
I have started a big project with American Black Cherry, and there is quite a bit of carving. Most of the carving is pierced carving and not too complex, as I can cheat on the rounding over parts with a router. Some pieces are a bit more complex though.
I'm probably somewhere between a beginner and intermediate carver, read a number of books, know which chisels to use, how to sharpen etc. I started with the most difficult carving, being a floral design, about 6" x 6", two different depth levels, quite a bit of hollowing, with some fine detail. Probably real easy for an experienced carver, not for me. The first attempt was OK, but not good enough, so I'll start over and try again. Think I'll get it, second time.
My question is, how difficult is it to carve Cherry wood, do most carvers avoid it, or do I have to hone my technique?
I don't have other options, as the piece must be Cherry, left to darken with age, so everything has to be Cherry.