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Green Men and Wood Spirits #1: My First Green Man

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 1029 days ago 7170 reads 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first carving of a Green Man. This is carved from the pattern that is in the book, Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood by Lora S. Irish. She is one of my favorite woodcarvers and artists. She has inspired me a lot. I attempted this carving about 8 months ago and shortly after I started I realized that I didn’t have enough skill nor did I know enough to complete it. I didn’t get to first base and quit shortly after I started it. However, a few weeks back I started another carving from the beginning and finished it. Although it’s certainly not perfect I am pleased with it.

Unfortunately I was concentrating so much on what I was doing in the beginning that I neglected to take pictures of the beginning stages so we’ll just have to start with my first picture.

I apologize about not photographing the first few stages. However, in the picture below basically all I have done is scroll saw the pattern to the basic outline, gouge in the eye sockets, raise the nose mouth and beard area in the center, and do a little work on the tendrils at the top of the Green Man’s head. You can see the result of these steps in the picture below.

In the photo below I started refining the eye sockets and tendrils and began shaping the lobes of the leaf.

In the next photo I transfer the eye pattern to the eye sockets.

And then began carving the right eye in the next photo.

And do the same to the left eye.

I start ‘raising’ the lower part of the nose in the photo below.

In the next photo, you can see that I further refined the nose and raised the lower nose some more. I also start detailing the beard and mustache and raising the lower lip.

The nose gets shaped and raised some more, the lip rounded over, and the mustache raised up and receives more detail. The leaf lobes are further shaped.

Everything gets cleaned up a little, add more details, and shape the beard, lip, and mustache a little more.

I put in some eye details, eyebrows, start carving in the hair of the beard and mustache, and always cleaning up over everything. You’re always seeing work that needs to be done and things that are not right so you fuzz with it always.

The beard is coming out nicely, more eye details, and he’s becoming more like a Green Man.

The Green Man gets his veins next. Cleanup the eyes and tendrils. More fuzzing and fiddling.

Deepen, highlight, and more cleaning up.

I’m beginning to like him in spite of his imperfections.

At some point in the next three photos the Green Man was finished. Too late, now. He will never know perfection and will always live with his defects. I can’t make anything perfect.

I knew I didn’t know how to do much of anything else for him so I just stopped.

I enjoyed carving this Green Man but I’m not satisfied with him. He’s not big enough so I will carve a bigger one next.

I appreciate everyone who visited my blog and hope that you will come again real soon.

helluvawreck
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com/

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau



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lew

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#1 posted 1029 days ago

That is so cool! You make it look easy!
Thanks for sharing
Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 1029 days ago

JUST AWESOME COOL!

Wonderfully done!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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patron

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#3 posted 1029 days ago

looks like a home run to me

you should be proud

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ellen35

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#4 posted 1029 days ago

Super job! Looking through that series of pics was wonderful!
You did a great job with this project. How long did it take to do this (# of hours)?
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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steviep

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#5 posted 1029 days ago

I can already see such improvement since the first “sun” carving. Doing great work

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 1029 days ago

You are getting pretty good at it. Really nice

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Brit

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#7 posted 1029 days ago

Nice job. I’d be happy with that if it was my 56th attempt let alone my first.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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chrisstef

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#8 posted 1029 days ago

i love it … it is awesome. I think id really get into doin somethin like this.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 1029 days ago

Boy, you are really getting this down! Every piece you do comes out better and better. When I see you do wonderful work like this I start to think “I would like to try that!” Your step by step photos are really a great way to show how each step is done. It looks just great! Thanks so much for taking the time to document this for us. It is a pleasure to see.

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 1029 days ago

I tried to combine all of the pictures into this short video…

I hope y’all like it…

I hope it works here…

I think it came out pretty good… what do ya think?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 1029 days ago

Awesome job, Joe! What music is that again? Is it Vivaldi? I can’t remember the name. What a beautiful and fitting tribute! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 1029 days ago

Sheila, Thank you very much… glad you like it…

The Music:
Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo)
Album: 2 6 Sinfonia

Freebee music… in the program:

“Photo Story 3 for Windows” ... (which takes all the pics & makes a video out of them)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7558 posts in 1546 days


#13 posted 1029 days ago

That is it! I have all the symphonies and I haven’t listened to them in a while. It got me to go looking though. I found some neat stuff. Great video! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Rustic

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#14 posted 1029 days ago

Nice job on the carving

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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jjw5858

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#15 posted 1029 days ago

Wow, terrific job on this….be dam proud of this effort. Thanks for the post!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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