Wood Carvin' Willie
Ok! Here we go a runnin'!
So I'm back to my project,
carving a likeness of Grandpaw
from wood. I have carved many
a things the past few years, but
this is the first carving I am
trying to make look like
a paticular person!
So here goes....
First you start with a basswood
block and trace a design and cut
out with a bandsaw(or coping
saws). With this one I found a
pre-cut blank that already has
Willies stature to it! Now the
trick is to get the face right.
This rough-out was cut intending
to have a hat and beard.
Ok! Here we go a runnin'!
So I'm back to my project,
carving a likeness of Grandpaw
from wood. I have carved many
a things the past few years, but
this is the first carving I am
trying to make look like
a paticular person!
So here goes....
Well, Willie didn't have a beard
so a shave is in order and I
cut off the hat area in an
attempt to give him his full
head of hair! The simple rule for
this carving is whittle away any
part that is not Willie! I'll need
to be carefull not to slice of a
nose or ear...
You can see the hairline
and right ear coming in.
Still more to carve off
of the face. Once that
is done I'll start to carve
in the overalls and long
sleeve shirt of course.
I'm always skeptical of the
final project...but when
its painted it comes together!
OK! Well I got two ears a
goin' and he's starting to
shape up....I think!
Its turning into a Willie
when he was in his 60's!
I am trying to get a grin on
his face or laugh. Then I
need to get his eyeballs on.
The chin also needs some work!
Here are two more poses
of what I got so far. He
is pictured with my Black
Bear Santa in red overalls,
I carved this feller last weekend.
So let me know what you think
and check back for updates!
I guess a ball cap
would  work too...
maybe the next one!