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This is my first wood carving. I was wondering if an experienced wood carver could give me some tips. I did this with a small knife, a larger knife and a few wood working chisels.
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#1 posted 11-22-2015 09:46 PM
I am carving a Little bit with a knife – but i works together with a professionel “picture-carver” (i dont know the English Word but this is realy close in the meaning) from Syria.He only use 2 different knifes – and a lot of carving-chisels.
When i am carvin i also use 2 different knifes.
For rough carving it use a stright blade on the knife. It have about 5 cm long blade. It is mostly for removing a lot of Wood realt fast but It is also good for making holes, eyes and so on.
For more detailed carwing i prefer a “upsweps cutting edge”. It is the easyest (in my oppinion) knife to avoid leaving marks in the Wood you dont want to leave. (a stright knife’s tip is often leaving marks).
You can use all kind of Wood but the softer it is the easyer it is with carwing. There is some wood-types there is better than other (but Google translate can not translate it from Danish)But just awoyd cams. Then it is not so difficoult. And newly cutted Wood is the easyest.
And realy important: Never use the knife after you have used sand paper. Sand paper leaves small pieces of sand there damaged your knife.
-- Brinth, Denmark - "nothing is impossible and everything goes; if you have the will (and the time) to do it"
#2 posted 11-22-2015 09:55 PM
When i carve faces i always start with the nose, then mark the eyes and carve the eyebrow, marking the mouth and carve the mouth or the cheeks. Always make the eyes before the ears.If you are in doubt about how Deep you have to carve just go deeper. When you reach the right deepth you will know it.
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#3 posted 11-24-2015 02:20 AM
You are on your way!!
I recommend that you look for some videos on Youtube. I think SharonMyArt and Gene Messer both have some that will give beginners some more confidence. Keep it up!
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