Sculptor power carves and laser cuts a wavy wood sign
May 4, 2022 | 4:55 pm CDT

Blake McFarland sculpts a wood sign.

Wood sculptor Blake McFarland created a wave-like wooden sign that he power carved out of white oak and walnut and laser cut the logos and text.

McFarland, who recently created a whale out of wood and 11 gallons of resin, said he used various woodworking machines to accomplish the look. "I first milled up the wood by using a jointer and planer," he said. "I then ripped everything down on my table saw before doing four separate glue ups. I then used my track saw to cut the white oak and inlay some walnut.

"Once the sign was all dry, I traced out my design and used my new favorite power carving tools, the Arbortech turbo plane and contour sander. I then got to use the Nasum A5 Pro 40W #laser to cut 1/4" walnut. The laser is a fantastic new upgrade to the workshop. I finished everything off with some Odies Oil.

Watch this entire build from start to finish:

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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).