|Project by EarthDancerDesigns||posted 07-12-2010 06:10 AM||1569 views||0 times favorited||19 comments|
I started with a plank of red oak, 4” thick; approximately 20” long by 17” wide. I take a picture of the object, this case being a man, copy it to at least 8” x 10”. Place the picture on the wood and center it. Draw the outline of the head on the wood, leaving 1”- 2” extra. Then take off all the surrounding wood, (with a router with a 1” long bit) from the outline of the head, down till the surrounding wood is approximately 1” thick. Then take the picture, placing it on the wood outline with carbon paper underneath it and draw the outline of the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair. If there is a hat or eyeglasses as in this case, I draw the outline of them as well. Then I take a Dremmel with large bits and start to shave the wood down, starting with the part of the face that sticks out the most from the face. I keep shaving the wood down, changing bits from large to mini, to finally diamond bits to get a smooth finish; till I am satisfied that it looks like the person in the picture. I am constantly taking measurements from the picture to make sure the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth stay in proportion to each other. The eyeglasses on this project are part of the wood. Every thing is carved from one solid piece of wood. I do not carve them separate and place them on later. The glasses actually sit up and off the face like a pair of real eyeglasses do on a human face. The whole project took me 3 weeks start to finish, working every day 10 hours a day. If my customer desires I engrave or cut out names and dates before I seal it. Painting the engraved text with the color they wish. When I am done carving it and it has been smoothed over with a diamond bit, I seal the wood with a semi-clear urethane finish. This whole Portrait is out of one solid piece of 4” thick piece of Red Oak.
-- Michelle, Aiken SC