Monday, June 8, 2009

Follow My Carving - Gnarly Tree - Step 18

To celebrate Heartwood Art carvings being featured in upcoming issue of Woodcarving Illustrated the "Follow My Carving" series was created to give you a an insider’s view on how the art is made.

To make the decorative carving for the circle, I start with a few straight, shallow cuts (on the right). All cuts are made toward the center of the circle. I then begin to make angled cuts (on the left). The depth and angle of these cuts are varied to break up any pattern. I simply want to texture the circle to give the tree an interior frame. The result is below.

If you are a chip carver, you could make an interesting pattern in the circle. It’s important, though, to make the border simple. You don’t want it to distract from the main focal point, which is the tree.

I’ll start carving the leaves that decorate the outer corner in the next installment.

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


1 comment:

Freedom In Creation said...


The Freedom In Creation Tour is a unique concert and art exhibition experience to benefit the work of Freedom In Creation in Northern Uganda. Visiting six cities from June 12 to June 18, our goal is to raise $10,000 for Freedom In Creation's weekly art sessions and fresh water well projects in the Koro Abili IDP camp community.