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How to / I whittle faces !

Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by Gary Elson, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Gary Elson

    Gary Elson Full Member

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    Hi
    I was asked a while ago if I could do a step by step to how I whittle faces
    So here it is !!

    Starting with a 30 mm x 30mm x 75mm block and using a blade about 25mm long this is my basic rough out note the centre line and start of a Hat

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    I draw guide lines in using crayon as it’s less messy than pencil
    Top horizontal line is the eye line ( about half way down the head) then a sort of trapezoidal shape for the nose I’ve also started to round off the head and created a chin
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    Basic notches to start creating features
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    Keep looking at the side profile the nose should stick out the farthest ( who’d have thought that)
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    Now put in the smile lines - starting from the corner of the nose also deepen / shape the eye sockets and cheeks nose etc
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    Join up the smile lines with a mouth
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    Add a couple of little notches for simple eyes
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    Keep rounding stuff off until you get the shape you want or it makes you smile and you will get to something like him below

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    Hope this helps
    Thanks for looking

    Gary
     
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    You make it seem soooo simple, and I know that the eye for detail and the skill to make it 'right' are not simple things.
    Thank you for the tutorial though; it makes it seem possible, and encouraging for us to have a shot ourselves :D
    atb,
    M
     
  3. Broch

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    Great stuff! I can just imagine the stories he tells :)
     
  4. dwardo

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    Great work. I will try that next time I am out,
     
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    Thanks for sharing. You make it look easy, which I'm sure it's not. However, you have provided inspiration for me to try.
     
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    I tried carving a face once and gave up halfway through. I just can't seem to get my head around heads.

    This has inspired me to give it another go so who knows.

    Great tutorial
     
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    Thanks Gary that's really useful seeing your process.

    It differs greatly from what I do which is probably why yours look so much better!


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  8. Gary Elson

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    Thanks for your comments
    If you guys feel you can give it a go then I’m really pleased being able to pass on knowledge and skills is a lovely feeling
    I’d love to see some of your work I bet it would be better then you give yourselves credit for and as good as mine ( sorry if that sounds a bit big headed)
    Cheers see you soon
    Gary
     
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    great demo Gary, thanks for sharing.
     
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    I really need to set aside some time and do this, I've been meaning to do a woodspirit for an age as well......Umm

    Excellent stuff Gary goodjob
     
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    Nice tutorial, still something on my list of things to carve.
     
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    Here’s a couple of my recent ones, not a patch on yours and faces done in a very different way.
    I have found a splash of paint helps hide a lot of poor carving.
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    nice :) hope its not a daft question but what kind of wood is it?
     
  14. Gary Elson

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    No such thing as a daft question this chap was made from Alder from a small board bought via those good folks at Axminster
    Thanks for looking
    Gary
     
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    I’d seen this thread a while ago and meant to give it a shot but never got around to it. This bump has given me a timely reminder and it helps that I’ve just spotted a lump of basswood on the side left over from a previous project (a pig I made for my daughters birthday)
     
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    Found a bit of wood some time ago, knew then that I'd carve a WS eventually. Today was the day
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    That looks a gnarly piece, must have been hard work, nicely done. :)
     
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    Ooops
     
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    It's dead ivy. Wasn't that bad though, apart from the heavy knife. A TSB BOAR with a 4mm thick blade!! Never mind, a whittling knife has been ordered this morning .
    Now off to cut a few hazel sticks and thanks for your kind comment.
     

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