Green Men and Wood Spirits #2: My Second Green Man - It's larger and deeper.

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Blog entry by helluvawreck posted 11-11-2011 12:03 AM 10887 reads 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This green man is from a pattern by the famous artist and woodcarver, Lora S Irish. The pattern is in her book, Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood . I love this book and Lora Irish has inspired me.

After carving this pattern in my last blog entry I decided that I wanted to do a second version of the carving, only larger and deeper. As on the first carving, I transferred the pattern to the blank and cut the pattern on the scroll saw. The picture below shows the result of this.

The next picture shows the pattern next to the book. The first carving was about the size of the picture on the cover of the book so you can see how much larger this carving will be.

I had to put a larger base board on my carving platform.

I begin by cutting the eye sockets and raising the nose by removing the material around the nose.

I have a deeper wood blank so I can remove more wood this time and make the nose more prominent. As you can see I can cut the eye sockets a little deeper and you can also see that I round over slightly the bottom of the eye sockets.

I begin to raise the left side of the beard during the next step.

I began on the other side of the beard as well but also began forming the leaf lobes and work on the tendrils a bit.

I carved the eyes at this point and worked on some of the details of the lobes – for instance, the little curl on the left side of the middle lobe.

The lobes , tendrils, and beard receive a little more work. I don’t necessarily go in any kind of order after I get going but can jump around. My eye sees something and I may or may not work on it at that particular time. I can’t really help myself.

I’m making everything a little deeper and a little more detailed this time.

I now start on some of the minor details even though nothing is finished and everything keeps changing. I really jump around quite a bit as my eye sees something I should take care of. Just a little fiddling here and there as I call it. My way is probably not the most efficient.

The tendrils are beginning to come along as well.

Part of the tendrils have been pierced sawed on the scroll saw. Actually the whole of the carving is beginning to fall into shape.

I also work on the beard and mustache and put in the veins in the lobes.

The eyebrows appear and more detail and tendril work occurs.

I continue to clean it up here and there and fuzz with the details a bit more.

This carving is coming to a close but you continue to fuzz with it until you just stop and say enough.

But it’s pretty much done at this point. I have put more detail in it all over than the first green man.

The light will reflect some of these changes.

After a coat of Watco Danish Oil perhaps some more details AND faults will show up.

As you can see my work place is a mess. In my my mind I have a way of correcting that if I can make myself quit carving long enough to do it.

My shop is a helluvawreck right now and there are carvings stacked all over. I will straiten it all out when I quit carving long enough.

After I get through carving something I go out on my patio and sit a while staring at it while drinking a nice cold beer and maybe have a cigar. I think about it a lot and ask myself what went wrong and how I can do better next time. I think about whether I learned anything from this carving. Those sorts of things are on my mind as I look at the carving.

This is what the two carvings look like next to each other. The second is on the left, of course.

I appreciate ya’ll looking at my blog and I hope that you will come back in the future. I really enjoyed carving this green man. Thanks for looking.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 12:06 AM

You are oh, so wonderful at this carving stuff! Every time I see you do another carving it is a treat! You did a great job documenting your progress for us too and it was another fun adventure to see your creation come to life. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is amazing!!

Sheila :)

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 12:23 AM

Another carved Masterpiece!

You are getting better, better, & B E T T E R with each piece you do!

Thank you for taking all of those pictures documenting your progress… Very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 02:57 AM

you have a natural talent for this
and so much progress
in so short a time


-- 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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#4 posted 11-11-2011 03:13 AM

keep doin it man theyre coming out really cool. i think youve found the sweet spot.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 03:18 AM

wow , wow, and i love it, when you decide to do something , you do it charles…im so impressed with your drive and talent here…i was happy to see you go for it when you decided to carve, and your doing a great job..congrats buddy, these sure make me smile…yopur doing a great job and i cant wait to see what your doing next…thanks you for sharing your work…just grand!!!!!

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 05:41 AM

Wow Awesome Job

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 07:09 AM

wonderfullllllllllllllllllll No word to say, Awesome job make and Share step by step

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#8 posted 11-11-2011 09:18 AM

Now that is one sweet job…well done.

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 01:13 PM

Very nice! Thanks for sharing, I love Greenmen and the one you just finished is sweet!

-- Maine Rustic

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#10 posted 11-11-2011 02:34 PM

Dam! You are a carver!
He is so nice, I can’t belive how fast you have got this under your skin.
Really nice work, crisp detail.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 11-11-2011 06:32 PM

Great job!
You have made up my mind, I will buy the book.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#12 posted 11-11-2011 08:58 PM

I do have to tip my hat for you sir … and I do it with a smile :-)
both to thank you for the picturebook toturial and for how fast you
have found your little sweet corner in the woodworld
I´m impressed of how well you do it after such a short period …. well done Helluwa :-)

take care

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#13 posted 11-11-2011 11:24 PM

Look’s excellent! Great work on all of this, thanks for sharing it.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#14 posted 11-14-2011 08:40 PM

Sorry, everone, I’ve been sort of preoccupied with a problem for a few days.

Sheila, as always, I appreciate your kind remarks and words of encouragement.

Joe, David, and Grizz the same goes for you too. I always appreciate your words as well. Thanks.

Chris, Madenwood, Splinterman, Terry, and JJW thanks for your kind comments.

Rick, MR, and Dennis I always a appreciate your kind words as well. They really help when your trying to learn.

Thanks, Mads, what you say means a lot to me. I appeciate it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 11-14-2011 10:25 PM

It’s from my heart.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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