An Eye Tutorial by Tony Harris
This week I am introducing Part 1 of a photo eye tutorial done by my good friend, Tony Harris from Tennessee. Tony is an excellent carver who creates his own Santa ornaments and was gracious enough to share his expertise with us on how he carves the eyes. Because of the number of photos in this tutorial I have broken it into two parts of 12 photos each. Part 2 will follow next week.
Sharp tools are important. Before you begin, make sure your tools are sharp. Keep them sharp as you go with periodic stropping.
Santa Ornament Pattern
#1 Face foundation set up.
#2 Draw two dots for the point of the inner corners of the eyes.
#3 Draw two “C” shaped lines for the main wrinkle.
#4 Use a 2mm Dockyard gouge on those two lines.
#5 Use a detail knife straight in the center of the 2mm cuts.
#6 Use the detail knife in at an angle to make a wedge cut out of the 2mm cuts. Take that wedge out. This will create a good shadow for the setup of the top eyelid.
#7 Progress. Both sides completed to this point.
#8 Draw the top eyelids, trying to match both sides.
#9 Use the detail knife straight in on the lines. Stab deep into the corner but “soft cut” the rest of the line. I usually make 3 passes. This way it doesn’t tear the wood on the eyelid and makes a good clean cut.
#10 Cut up to the eyelid line to start forming the eyeball.
#11 Clean up the eye, and carve away the pencil lines. Carve deep in the corners.
#12 Draw the bottom eyelids corner to corner. Most times it will be almost straight across.
This ends Part 1 of the Eye Tutorial. Part 2 will follow next week.
Our first comment this week comes from Jim Morasco along with a photo of the terrific relief carving he did from a painting:
Just thought i would share a picture of my first attempt at carving a ” painting “. I call it “weathering the storms of life”.
That’s quite an impressive carving, Jim! It reminds me of a big sailing ship. Very unique.
Our second comment comes from John (Mr. T) also along with a photo of some fantastic carvings he did for his wife:
“Bob…. This is some misc. Carvings in my wife’s collection.
Those are spectacular carvings, John! Very clean work. Excellent carving and painting, and brilliant use of antique shading on all of them! Great job!
I’m disappointed to have gotten only two comments this week. I thought for sure last week’s discussion on the use of BLO would have drawn some comments and questions on the topic. Surely many of you have carving questions or suggestions, tips and photos in general that you can share with the rest of us. It doesn’t have to be about a current or past post. Start a new topic of discussion. Wood Chip Chatter is the type of blog that thrives on reader participation. Without it the blog becomes dull and uninteresting.
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