Ball-in-Cage is a whittling projekt for the experienced whittler.


I have made a lot ball-in-Cage in necklace size, but also in other size and shapes.

I use four different element, loosely cut ball, loosely  cut ring, chain link and  a element where wood is compressed.
Ball in Cage step by step instruction, see further down the page





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Photo from my garden, Ball in Cage in Oak.

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Ball in Hazel.
Two travel Projects from a trip to Norway. A very small one with ball and a ring. A colored with different carvings.

Ball-in-Cage, 50 cm hugh, in Yew tree with a arrow in Linden wood, compessed and put through the holes and to ring in Rose Wood.










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Whittler’s Special edition juli 2014
Ball-in-Cage Rattle – Egholm






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Two Photos with Chain link and other work made by Egon Ørgaard, he is 78 years old and begin to carve a half years before, I am very impressed.







Egon is inspired by Bjarne Jespersens book Woodcarving Magic    See inside the book
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Ball-in-Cage in baby Rattle size, step by step.

You should use: Dry basswood, approximately 3,5 x 3,5 x 22 cm.
Drill 16-18 mm. Chisel.
Pointed knife.

How to do:
Draw up where the ball should be, ball size approximately 3 cm.
Drill holes on both sides of the ball and drawing lines between boreholes to select where tree to be removed.
Cut down a bit with a chisel along the pencil line.033

035With chisel shaped ball from the four sides, without taking any of the four “pillars”.











036The ball cut with a chisel.





Continues with a knife. Take possibly safety glove on.
Work carefully to slice the ball round and slightly less.
Two carving techniques are in play.


Thumb Technique.
Press your thumb on the back of the knife.




The knife is held so that it cuts toward the thumb, which are protected by the “pillar”. Beware.




Cut carefully insides of the “pillars”, so there is room for the ball.
Cut the ball more and more round.
146Cut until it releases one of the “pillars”.
Process to carve it free at opposite “pillar.”
The ball must be stuck in the remaining two pillars while working carefully to carve the shape more and more round. When the ball is loose first, it is hard to carve it.
The rest of the rattle are cut into the desired shape.






Student Works.

















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