Caricature Faces - My Day at the Carving Seminar

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Project by Woodbridge posted 03-04-2013 01:51 AM 2456 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since joining LJs, 507 days ago, I have been amazed and inspired each day by the imaginative well constructed projects. Most of all I have been in awe of the magnificent carvings and many talented master carvers (Lidiya, Mariya, Dennis Zongker, Borchik, MShort, M Pounders, Rustic John to name a few). I had never done any carving before, but seeing this work did encouraged and inspired me to try my hand at it.

Yesterday I attend a one day seminar, Carve Wooden Expressions, at my local Lee Valley store and wanted to share the product of that days learning. It was a great seminar led by a very talented carver and instructor, Honky Hawrysio. He took us through a hands on process of setting up the basic face structure and then we had an opportunity to see and practice carving the details (nostrils, eyes, lips, etc.)

I’ve purchased and read a number of carving books and watched my share of U-Tube videos trying to learn and understand the techniques but there is nothing like hearing and seeing first hand an expert at work,trying it yourself and getting real time coaching and feedback. It was a great day and I walked away understanding some carving basics and one face carved and the structure of another established ready for completion as homework today.

The carving is basswood about 9.5 inches tall and 4 inches wide.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 01:51 AM

That is real talent. I’m amazed!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 01:57 AM

That is fantastic! This is your first effort? Amazing – your instructor must be extremely talented to be able to teach something like this.

Thanks for sharing this!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 02:01 AM

Now those would be interesting chair backs…LOL! God blessed you with skill and talent!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 08:29 AM

That is really really nice, very well done, the expressions are amazing!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 03-04-2013 02:19 PM

Wow! goodonya mate thats a great work.

-- Dave -

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#6 posted 03-04-2013 03:27 PM

Well that is certainly impressive carving for a ” beginner” Peter!! Actually, you have talent oozing from your fingertips anyway … but what a fun course to take. There’s nothing better than hands-on experience and masterful teaching. Well done!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 03-04-2013 04:31 PM

Those are wonderful. It sounds like you learned a lots. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 07:26 PM

Good stuff! It does look like you had a good class…...they can really speed up the learning process and you learn all kinds of little tips and tricks, that can be slow to pick up on your own. You’ve got some nice expressions on these.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 03-06-2013 03:30 AM

Damn, I can’t even write my name legibly and there are people out there doing this…there is hope for me:-) Great project, thanks for sharing!

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#10 posted 11-01-2013 09:19 PM

Way Cool ,,,Nice job…

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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#11 posted 05-19-2015 06:17 AM

Sounds like you enjoyed the workshop with Honky. I attended a similar Lee Valley workshop by Honky a few years ago, and I have to agree with your comments about the benefits of being part of a live demonstration. He is a bit of a character, but he teaches a lot in a short time frame.
Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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