In August we received a magazine from Truro College advertising part-time courses. As there are many things I have wanted to try for a long time, I had a look through it. In the end I had to decide between Pottery for beginners or Wood carving & sculpting. I went for the carving as its a lot less messy, and the class is held in a school just a few minutes drive from where we live.
On the first evening DJ (our tutor) showed us a relief carving of a Fleur de Lys that he had carved, and told us that our first project was to produce a similar one.
This is what we were hoping to achieve
We were given a block of wood (Lime) with the outline of the Fleur de Lys stuck on it:
At the end of the first evening this is as far as I had got:
Mine after week one
We had the option of changing the design however we liked. Which gave me a problem, because I don't much like making decisions. I would rather be told exactly what to do.
After week one I decided I wanted mine to be a bit deeper, so in week two I took a lot more wood out:
Once I had chopped out most of the waste wood I was able to begin giving some real shape to the design:
By this stage I had decided how I wanted the finished piece to look.
I decided I would leave the cut marks on the outside of the leaves, for a bit more definition.
When the basic carving was finished I had to start the sanding:
This was after about 5 hours of sanding
Whittling (carving with a knife) is part of the course so I thought I would have a go with my old penknife on a piece of Sycamore which I had been given:
This paper knife was the result.
I got hold a proper whittling knife and made this Wood Spirit, also from Sycamore.
This little Jumbo Wren was my attempt:
I didn't carve the little foot statue she is standing on.
I am hoping my whittling skills will improve!!!
I am currently working on a relief carving of a Green Man on an old pine log, but I haven't got far and there are no photos of it yet.
But this is a picture of a Green Man by Master Carver Chris Pye which I am trying to copy:
I am really enjoying Wood Carving. I find it satisfying and therapeutic. So I have just signed up for a second term.