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Carving a simple Wood Spirit

Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by SOAR, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. SOAR

    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    As I was asked to do a tutorial I thought I would give it a go, now I have not carved many of these before so I'm no expert but this is how I carve them.
    I used a small piece of Ash about 3cm wide, so the detail is never going to be as good as a large carving.

    The tools I have been using are cheap detail carving tools like these you can get them from Ebay I think I got these a few years ago for a pound.

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    I start off by carving out the size and shape of the face with the 6mm gouge.

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    When I am happy with the face size I remove the bark leaving the nose in bark.

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    I leave the bark on the nose as a guide, you can use pencil to mark out your face details if you want or you can just do the whole carving by eye. For the next bit I use a pen or pencil to mark out details of the eye sockets and the moustache.
     
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  2. SOAR

    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Here you can see where the top of the eye sockets are and the shape of the moustache marked out in pencil.

    Now I start to carve out the eye sockets using the 6mm gouge, to determine the depth of the eye sockets you have to imagine how big your spirits nose will be.

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    When your happy with the eye sockets.

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    You can then remove any wood around the face to give the moustache, beard, and nose the shape and depth you want.

    To remove the bark from the beard I use the 7mm straight bevel.

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  3. SOAR

    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Now at this stage when your happy with with your spirits face and beard you can start to add detail, I use the v shaped tool to carve out an outline around the beard

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    As this is only a small simple carving I am not too bothered with the eye detail so I use a 4mm gouge tho carve out the eyes

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    Now you can start of by adding the hair, eye brows and other details to your wood spirit.

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    Now that its taking shape you can refine any other details or re shape any part of the face if your not happy with it.

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  4. SOAR

    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    At this stage I am quite happy with it and have an idea as to what this little spirit will become, so I start to carve the top and bottom of the spirit with the knife.

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    The idea I had for this little fellow now I'm happy with him was to soak him in scented oil add some elastic.

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    And turn him into a air freshner for the van at work, now he can watch over me all day.

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    stekker New Member

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    Very nice done.
    He has a very friendly expression!

    Theo
     
  6. pastymuncher

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    Excellent, nice work.
     
  7. CraigM9

    CraigM9 Tenderfoot

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    Thanks for a very informative and inspiring tutorial!

    Much appreciated.

    Craig.
     
  8. Chambers

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    Fantastic tutorial, thanks
     
  9. lab72

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    thats cool i think might have to have a go (wanders to shed muttering were did i put those chisals)
     
  10. stinger

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    excellent tutorial buddy. i think ill be saving this thread in the favorites folder
     
  11. Shambling Shaman

    Shambling Shaman Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    That is fantastic thanks for that :)
     
  12. Whittler Kev

    Whittler Kev Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Nice job. It makes a brill PDF for my growing collection
     
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    Knightfisher8 New Member

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    excellent , iv tried and failed miserably trying these !
     
  14. Melonfish

    Melonfish Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    ooh i reckon i know what i'll be doing tomorrow morning and prolly most of this week.
    any particular wood good for giving this a go?
     
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    Well done and a nice tutorial!
     
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    Nice simple tutorial mate, I'm looking at getting myself a staff this year and this would be a great way of decorating and personalising it. Cheers.
     
  17. Echoes of the old ways

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    Wow this is fantastic!..
    I whittled a mother earth type goddess statue a few years ago and loved working with the wood and watching her take shape.
    it was from a piece of silver birch I picked up on a walk, which just kind of "spoke" to me.
    I want to get started on one of the ones you've shown right now :p
    I just used a sharp knife for the statue I made, but these little tools look great and much safer to be using with the kids hanging around watching.
    will have a look on ebay for some.
    thanks for posting this :)
     
  18. SOAR

    SOAR Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Thanks guys, I look forward to seeing some of your carvings.
     
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    luckylee On a new Journey

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    i have just bought some of these tools, just waiting for them to arrive, a real bargain.
     
  20. fred gordon

    fred gordon Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Very nice indeed. You should offer these for sale. Support your favourite Charity perhaps?:35:
     

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