Carve a Hound Dog

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Project by Robert Smith posted 01-09-2008 03:50 AM 3455 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this show the main steps to carve a hound dog ,first i cut the dog out with a scrollsaw[ i can do it from a solid block but this saves time] he is 1-1/4 thick by 4-1/2 top of tail.the pattern photo i took croocked some how [3 attemps] i use Catapla but you can use what ever is want to make sure the grain runs up+down with the tail. i suggest going slow thinning the legs and tail, i always leave the tail for last.All you need for this project is a piece of wood and a knife.To make it a little easier draw a center line fro nose to tail and on the bottom across the feet(dont have to be exact} this makes it easier to see where the nose ,and ears go. I have Shown people how to make these dogs but never tried to write it down BIG DIFFERENCE.The hard part is the legs,they can get confuseing till you do a couple .after you have drawn the center line across the feet,X out the ones you will be removeing, go from one side to the other this will put him in a walking stance. if i can be of astiance please e-mail me

-- Robert,

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pat sherman

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#1 posted 01-09-2008 04:40 AM

nice robert. that dog looks nice.

i dont have much catabla wood to use around here. mostly basswood. love butternut. youever carve any of that?

-- pat,ohio...

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#2 posted 01-09-2008 04:43 AM

Ver nice carving. I just started getting into 3D carving

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 01-09-2008 05:14 AM

Nice Dog;

Good job carving him.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 01-09-2008 05:36 AM

Thanks for the tips. You make it look simple. Why do I doubt that? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-09-2008 06:50 AM

Nice carving, come to think of it I’ve never carved a dog yet.

Pat, Butternut is about the same as Walnut. I’ve seen some beautiful work done in Butternut.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Danette Smith

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#6 posted 01-09-2008 07:15 AM

Great job on the dog! Almost wants to make me try it…but I need all my fingers for wood burning. LOL!
“Keep burning and learning”...Danette

-- Dangee's Pyrography by Artist Danette Smith -

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#7 posted 01-09-2008 12:08 PM

Cool. That’s one more thing I wish I had time to learn.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 01:08 PM

I’m with Charlie—you make it look easy but don’t think it really is.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 02:13 PM

Nice description of the process.

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 02:37 PM

Nice doggie!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 04:25 PM

Thanks for the progression. It looks like a fun project.

Woof woof!

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 06:31 PM

Very cool, nice carving.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 06:32 PM

“Ain’t carving but a hound dog” uh-huh-huh…thank ya very much….

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Jiri Parkman

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#14 posted 01-12-2008 08:44 PM

Beautiful dog. Thanks for sharing the steps.

-- Jiri

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