This was my first attempt at wood carving. I have taken some art classes prior to doing this and I’ve done numerous drawings and paintings but I wasn’t sure how the 3D aspect of the carving would work or if I would even enjoy it. So off I went to Harbor Freight and picked up a cheap set of carving chisels. I know, I know bad idea to start with bad (or at least mediocre) tools. But hey, I was in grad school and you know how students and money are.
Anyways, I printed out a silhouette from online and traced it with a knife onto the wood, then I just kind of winged it from there. The plaque does have an attached light, which was added quite a bit after the rest of the piece was finished. I was originally planning on ordering individual components (LED’s, battery case, etc.) and putting them together myself, but then I found assembled lights for cheaper than I could order components. I didn’t like the cheap plastic housings though, so I took them apart and put the electronics into a recess I routed in a chunk of 2×4. Overall I’m pleased with the way they turned out, especially for the 1st attempt.
There is another one that I’ve done, but I’ll have to wait and see if I can get a picture of it somehow. The second one is of an owl and I made it for my sister-in-law. Turns out I forgot to take a picture before I gave it too her! Oh well, she was thrilled with it so I know I can get a picture here sometime if I want it.
The board is pine, cut to length with a jigsaw. Hand carved with mediocre Harbor Freight chisels.