Zion National Park

That is so great! I want to do something like this for the Chesapeake Bay.


how large is it?

It’s an amazing landscape and one of the best to visit. The mountains look like they are made in small layers too. The walk through the narrows was wet but well worth it. Great miniature.

You know I tried to do that on a previous piece by injecting epoxy into the river but it ended up bleeding a little bit up the wood grain past where I wanted the water so it wasn’t as clean as I would have liked. I am going to do some experiments on some scrap stock before I attempt again.

The layers range from 1/8" to 1/2".

This one is only a 5" x 5" x 2.25" miniature prototype. I am trying to get the hang of my feeds and speeds on the new Dewalt spindle before I start cutting into expensive stock at 2 to 4 times the scale.

You can also try carving a disposable piece, cast the river, then remove and place into the finished product.

That’s one of the most beautiful projects I’ve ever seen on this forum. Thanks for sharing! :sunglasses:

What of you used a piece of blue corian as the base piece so the lowest levels would be water blue?

Thank you for all the replies! I rarely share my work and I am glad a few people got something out of this one :slight_smile:.

I think those are great ideas. Definitely, more than one way to fill a mini river!

Here is an interesting strategy. I like the technique at 16:34:

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I wish you would share more often. The displays are really nice and I appreciate. They inspire me that I can use the machine to make more than widgets. Thanks

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This is really impressive! Where did you get the lidar data? How did you process it, scale the height, etc.?

What bits did you use for this? Thx!

@MichaelHursh Good to hear. I work in research and development so 90% of my x-carve work is out of precision board and is unsharable. I try to slip in a fun project like this now and then so I will definitely share the next one.

@Kvaltine I got it from an old ArcGIS project. I want to say it was originally from USGS but I can’t say for certain since it has been so long. When I originally saw it I knew it would make a neat landscape so I exported it for later.

1/4" Flat, 1/8" ball, and 1/16" ball.

Take a look at Terrain2STL


Aspire can import STL files. Interestingly, I did a test-carve of the same area but different scale a little bit ago.

Naturally, DomRiccobene’s is WAY more polished!


Oh, that’s a great tool! I’ve been idly considering a geographical carving, but that makes it much easier, thanks for passing it on.

Really neat tool! I’m going to save that one. Thanks for sharing the link.

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Would you be willing to share the files you use to carve this? I would love to learn how to do this and seeing how you managed it would be helpful in understanding and making my own. It looks amazing and is one of the most impressive pieces I’ve seen made so far.

THAT is impressive! Zion National Park is one of the most amazing places I’ve been. The fact that the piece is so small is even more impressive.

Also, I have a minor in GIS from college. I miss having access to all the ESRI software now that I’m in a different line of work.

Thanks! I am glad you like it. It is one of my favorites.

Unfortunately, I can’t share that particular model. However, I grabbed this fun mountain from another dataset for you to play with. Anyone can feel free to use.

Test Terrain

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