Sunday, October 14, 2018

Carve a Wooden Mask for Halloween!

Looking around my shop for an idea about a carving project for the month of October, I noticed an old Mexican made mask hanging on the wall behind my rarely used hand miter saw.  It was probably purchased with a few quarters by my mother at a rummage sale.  I wondered, what could be a better wood carving project for October than carving a Halloween mask?  Or maybe a Celtic or native ceremonial mask?
The following pictures show how I prepared a chunk of basswood for carving a Raven Mask.  Hopefully a picture of the finished work will appear in the near future.

Cutting split basswood to length

Attaching a base
Paring the Bark
Shaping and planing the front

Grooving Back with King Arthur Squire 18 tooth
Hollowing the back with curved edge of Adze

Finsh hollowing back with King Arthur

Tracing my own Raven Pattern

There is always another way of doing things:Carving a Mask

Saturday, August 25, 2018

At long last..."Got 'er Done!"

This relief carving for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Tea, SD, may not be my best work, but it is for sure the one which took the longest time to get done.  A dedication service for installation in the fellowship area of the church is being planned for Sunday, Sept. 9th.

Planing the back side for supporting members

A string tied to the right hand vanishing point helps with perspective drawing 
First of many failed attempts to get the right perspective on interior trusses
Right or wrong...the time finally comes to quite drawing and start carving.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Carving the Eye, Nose, Mouth, and Ears

In an effort to break down the basics of woodcarving into step-by-step smaller elements for learning and practice that will eventually lead to successful completions of whatever the carver has in mind,  our President, Derek, has been providing materials and instructions for carving samples of just eyes and noses.  During our next Third Saturday Meeting, we hope to gain a better understanding of how to carve the mouth area and lips.

A study of human figures and faces cannot be complete
without a study of works by the carver from Wilmar, MN:
Fred Cogelow
One needs only to type into the Google search bar (or click the microphone and speak) the words: How to carve (fill in the blank), and hundreds of YouTube videos and such can be viewed on the subject.  In a recent search for "how to carve lips", Fiebig and Yundt Woodcarving caught my eye.  It turned out to be a Word Press Woodcarving Blog with advertising videos that made it hard to eventually find the page numbers below and get started with reading the tutorials.  But it was worth the effort!

Doris Fiebig, Mark Yundt's wife, has some excellent, in depth tutorials in the Technical section of the blog, and since it has been one of the messages I preach to begining members of our club, I was very much impressed by Mark's article on Carve the Form Not the Details

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Carving Tools from Ukraine

Life member, Phill Harold sends a "heads up" for inexpensive carving tools made in Ukraine:
Stryi Tools on Facebook

Stryi Tools are also available on Ebay:
Stryi Tools on Ebay

Also onYou Tube

Saturday, March 17, 2018

John Otten

Another dear friend and longtime member of S D Woodcarvers, Inc. has passed away.  As a former machinist at the John Morell Co. his attention to detail and precision in wood carving could not be beat.  His inspiration to us all will remain in our memory for a long time.  May he rest in peace!

George Bloom Funeral Home