Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Keeping Your Carving Symmetrical

Keeping a carving symmetrical can be a challenge, but the right tool can help. Dividers can insure the eyes are the same width, ears are the same length, distances between features are accurate, you get the idea. The average face is five eyes wide. So if you have the width of your eye, you can figure the width of the face. Also the eyes are one eye width apart. The distance from the bottom of the chin to the bottom of the nose is the same distance from the bottom of the nose to the brow, and from the brow to the top of the face. Face, not the top of the head. Now you have the length of the face. Again these rules are an average, and can vary from person to person.

So a set of dividers are a good tool to have in your carving box. If you don't have or don't want to purchase a set, here is a tip I picked up a few years back at a seminar with Gerald Copeland. These are pretty simple, two modified paint sticks from your local home improvement store attached with a screw and wing nut.

And a couple good sets..............................

Monday, June 18, 2012


 As I am posting this, it is 93 degrees outside, too hot for this early in the summer.
Maybe this carving will help us feel a little cooler, only six months 'til Christmas. :)
Finally got a chance to finish Santa. He is painted with acrylics thinned with water, then sealed with Deft lacquer. I applied a coat of Howard Feed 'N Wax as the final finish. He measures 12" long, 7 1/2" wide and 4 1/2" thick. I think he turned out pretty good. What do you think?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Christmas In June?

Well it's never too early to start carving for Christmas, this is the first project for 2012. I bought two basswood split logs at the Kansas City Woodcarvers Show in March. John Krantz, from Minnesota, always brings a large selection of carving wood to the show. Great wood at a very good price. Here are the results of day one.

Small Carving

Our carving club has started a group project. A wagon train leaving a local town. The plan is to have it completed for our annual woodcarving show in March. I carved this little guy for a start. Plan on adding more to the project.