This is the second carving in the scene I am doing with the little cowgirl. She will be walking her chicken on a leash. I have some friends who keep a few chickens and I am always accusing them of dressing their chickens up and treating them like pets. I suspect getting them to wear a hat might require some extra feed though! I still have to burn and paint this, after I complete the legs and feet. I used 20gauge copper wire and solder to get the basic armature for the legs and feet. I&...
I’ve finished carving all the details and have almost finished burning them. The wood burner helps add shadows to the carved areas and also helps to keep different colors of paint in different sections from bleeding into each other. I don’t set it high enough to blacken the wood; I want it to cut the wood and slightly brown it. I can use a knife to scrape or cut areas that are too dark and I may hit it with a bristle sander also, to reduce the contrast. You can see in this picture...
For an in-the-round carving, a pattern or photo with a front and a profile view are most useful. Sometimes a view of all 4 sides can be helpful whencarving, but generally only two are needed for sawing out the blank. A coping saw or scroll saw can be used, but generally a bandsaw with a 3/16”, 4TPI blade is the best way to go. Here is my pattern and I was careful that the front and side lined up at important points like the belt, boots and shoulders. I decided to do the arms as s...
If you are carving basswood or tupelo, the largest pieces you can get are ususally 4×4 or 4×6 in various lengths (although some companies will custom cut it for you). So you will have to glue pieces together for anything larger. Large panels for relief carvings also are usually glued up, but they present some different issues, that we can discuss. If a piece will be carved on all four sides, or all around (an “in-the-round” carving), then it is usually not as affected...
A lot of tutorials seem to start with the mechanical parts of the project, rather than some of the planning or layout stages. Stefang asked about information for gluing up blocks for carving so I thought I would do a few blogs about this stage of carving, the preparation of materials before you carve. Wood is a moving, changing material, and certain aspects such as density, moisture content, grain, and size can affect the design of a project. I am no expert, so feel free to disagree with a...
Good communication is important to the success of many things. But terms and acronyms used in one setting may mean something completely different elsewhere. I heard a lot of unfamiliar words when I first started carving and continue to broaden my vocabulary, thanks to friendly carvers around the world. It took me awhile to figure out that BLO referred to boiled linseed oil used by some as a finish! So I thought I would write a bit to explain a few terms used, that might be of benefit to a beg...
He now has the legs and the upper and lower stretchers done with the exception of shaping the top of the back legs. That can’t be done until we fit the crest rail. We worked on it for 12 hrs on Saturday and he cut the indent in the feet and shaped the tappers. To cut the tappers we had to make three different jigs and six different setups for all the different shapes. I had see in a book how to shape the tappers with a stationary sander but that was with square legs and on...
“The master Hans Kantor is carving a face according to the rhythm of the music. Click here to see. (Hans Kantor is my master of wood carving and I share this link with you on behalf of him.)
My son is doing a project for a school competition and a couple of months ago he came across some photos of the Blacker House chair and fell in love with it. He is a big fan of the Greene and Greene style and is currently reading books on the history of the Greene and Hall brothers. Here’s the problem his project has to be complete in March. We have spent hours searching the web and everything I find is incomplete and very inconsistent. We contacted some people on the web that we kn...
(Photos are Included below) In a comment on my last project, I was asked by one of the members here in the Ljcks as follows: “I hope you are mentoring somebody from the next generation. What you have learned about “feeling the wood” shouldn’t be lost. So, actually I don’t have a training studio for training for the time being, may be in the future. On the other hand’ I already started to train my grandchild Asaf to carve. When he was 6.5 years old just before entering to the...
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