ICHTHUS Carving

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ICHTHUS Carving

Postby Fleming » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:53 pm

This Christian symbol was very popular during the first centuries of Christianity as a means of ID much like the Cross is today. Seeing a picture of a tiled version from that era I thought it would make a nice carving. Anyone who has specific information about the history of that particular piece please share with the rest of us - A search on google turned up lots of pictures of it but no specific background as to where the photo was taken.

ICHTHUS Bitmap.jpg
Picture of Early Christi


Here is a V-Carved version done on a maple board:

ICTHUS V Carved in Maple.jpg
V Carved in Maple and stained with Oak


Anyone who would like the file is welcome to download it from my DropBox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rcgj6j7ts43r ... Hzz8a?dl=0
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Re: ICHTHUS Carving

Postby sluggo » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:42 pm

That's a nice project! Thanks for sharing...

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Re: ICHTHUS Carving

Postby mikeacg » Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:26 am

Thanks for the file! I will make use of it for our new church!

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Re: ICHTHUS Carving

Postby zeeway » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:34 am

Just a bit more info on this symbol...the Ancient Greek word for "fish" was used as a Christian symbol because the individual letters were the first letters of each word in the phrase, Jesus Christ God Son Savior, which translates as Jesus Christ Son of God Savior.

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Re: ICHTHUS Carving

Postby Fleming » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:02 pm

Glad to make it available. :)

The file currently has the the circle at 8.25" diameter. The V tool path generated is 30 degrees but I actually installed a 22.5 degree bit so I got less tear-out for that toolpath. A larger circle could use the 30 degree bit since the individual tiles would be larger. An inlay of walnut in a cherry circle for the text and fish before carving would look nice. I might try that next.

Please post a picture of any carving you do.
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