A friend of mine that I haven’t seen in entirely too long is having a surprise birthday party. He has a particular attachment to the Vesvigir (Norse Compass), so I figured it would be a fun learning experience to use that as the basis for my first project. I’m super happy with the final product! I started with a jpg of the vesvigir, and managed to wrangle inscape into doing what I wanted with it (in spite of the cursed beziers).
I used the 1/8" Maple proofgrade for the final print, but ended up doing a TON of experimentation on basswood and poplar stock I got from the local hardware store. The peel-off covering on the proofgrade is so nice for keeping the wood clean and the lines sharp. Unfortunately, when doing detail work this fine it’s a total PITA to get it peeled off because there’s so dang many tiny little pieces. I’m still finding more little bits.