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.
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-- 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