Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Follow My Carving - Gaia - Step 6

To celebrate Heartwood Art carvings being featured in upcoming issues of Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw magazines, the "Follow My Carving" series was created to give you a an insider’s view on how the art is made. This Gaia carving was requested by my dear friend who kindly took the pictures that will be featured in the magazines.

Now that the sides and back are all rounded, the tree and moon can be shaped.

All of the edges are rounded from both sides so the limbs seem to emerge from the body.

Unlike the large shaving that can be taken from the back and sides, trimming the tree requires taking very short and shallow strokes. This is the most delicate phase of the carving.

This tree will have no bark and the entire carving will be sanded to a smooth finish. Special sanding "pencils" are required to get into the small nook areas where limbs meet in a V shape.

The next installment is coming soon.

To see more carvings, please visit the Heartwood Art site.


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