Saturday, December 18, 2010
Having all the appropriate paraphernalia (including several pieces of tree wood, the Dremel set and wood carving tools, sandpaper and paints), inspiration was all that was needed.
My first thought was to try and carve a forest gnome from this "raw branch" from the wood pile we use as fuel for our fire pit:
here; carving on wood information was found here; more basics on how to carve were found here. And finally, rules for carving faces from Gene Graham were found and can be accessed below the page break.
This rescued branch had an outgrowth of small twigs growing from it. After a bit of finessing with the Dremel sander and various small drills, it began to resemble an open mouth. Those twigs were filed down and refined and lo and behold, they began looking like big old teeth!
This is what the "Christmas deer" or gnome, or dog is looking like, but he still needs lots of work on his ears, forehead and temple.
It is a warm Saturday, so more carving refinement might be on today's agenda. And it will need paint!
To read more about carving heads from Gene Graham: