Here are day-by-day updates of the last project we carved.
This was our last project; I am not familiar with the original carver.
On the bottom it is marked RB or BB; this was a prolific carver and the artists carvings are still available through online auctions.
The Original Cutout
Laying out the centerlines
Front to back
Start by laying out a center-line that divides the cutout in half. Draw the line all the way around the cutout.
Side to side
The side layout begins at the center of the neck. Then draw the line around the cutout. (You will notice in the next pictures that this is not the center of the cutout.)
Top & Bottom Layout
Once the first two lines are drawn clear around the cutout. We can give a slight rotation to the head (if desired) by adding line E-F. (my E-F line is not drawn very well). Rotation of the head isn't necessary and does add more of a challenge to the carving.
My well-worn Murphy knife was all I used to rough out this cutout.
Roughing is the process of removing excess wood before the actual carving begins. Try to leave enough excess for the nose ect.
Centerlines can benefit you in a few ways; first they keep your carving oriented correctly as you carve it, this helps keep the carving in balance. Secondly, they show the high areas of the carving; notice
the lines remain even after I have the carving roughed out.
Before removing any excess wood, I rough-mark the shoes, arms, nose, and hat.
Monday morning April 29th
I whittled for a few minutes today, I rounded the head a little better and located the nose. I trimmed the bottom of the hair and shaped the hair around the head. Hollowed out some around the arms and began to shape the shoes. Pictures are not required to simply shape up the carving.
One suggestion; when shaping the brim of the hat, make your cut at an angle rather than perpendicular to the grain.
Also keep the brim small; see the first picture above.
This will provide a little more support; since this area is prone to chipping.
Thursday morning May 1st
This morning I sat down and made a few chips; I shaped the shoes and added the separation between the legs front & back.
Finally, I improved the shape of the legs a little.
When carving the shoes, they will look better if you can add a lower area between the toe and the pant leg. This can be accomplished with a sharp detail knife or a gouge.
When creating the separation of the legs, use a V-tool to make a cut from the top to the bottom of the legs. In the front, you will need to cut a V shape with your knife to remove that chip. If you only have a small V-tool, cut your leg separation with a knife and then re-cut it with the small V-tool for a clean cut.
-----examine all of your reference pictures while carving-----
Friday morning May 2nd
No time for carving today or Saturday; I will be in
Bremerton, WA. giving a presentation to a carving club.
These two pictures should give some idea of what to do.
The seat of the pants have a cut that is like a shallow smile.
The front has a similar cut also. I ended the shoes ahead of the line, but could have been cut to the line just as well. I have cut in behind the arm, but have not carved the front or balanced the elbow location (see left picture).
Sunday evening May 4th
I drew a pattern for the face location; I hope it helps.