Basic Relief Carving

Basic Relief Carving This article describes relief carving in the medium of wood, although relief carving is also done in stone and other materials. Relief carving, when done in stone, is usually referred to as relief sculpture. Relief carving is a type of wood carving in which figures are carved in a flat panel of wood. The figures project onlyContinue reading “Basic Relief Carving”

Painting The Americana Santa – Part 3

This week I would like to open by just saying I hope everyone had a Safe, Healthy and Happy 4th of July weekend, and that each of you also stopped for a moment to think about why we have our independence in this country and are able to celebrate such a festive holiday.  Unfortunately, myContinue reading “Painting The Americana Santa – Part 3”

Carve an Americana Santa – Part 2

Carve an Americana Santa                                               Part 2 By: Bob Kozakiewicz Step 5. Draw two lines where the sleeves meet the hands and make stop cuts along these lines.  Cut back to these stop cuts from the hands toward the sleeves.  Carve small notches in each elbow to represent creases, and round off the inside and outsideContinue reading “Carve an Americana Santa – Part 2”

Carve an Americana Santa – Part 1

Carve an Americana Santa                                                      Part 1 By: Bob Kozakiewicz Today I am beginning a three-part tutorial series on how to carve and paint my Americana Santa.  I hope you will enjoy it and find it useful.  Step 1. Start with a 1″ x 1″ x 6″ block of basswood then follow the pattern shownContinue reading “Carve an Americana Santa – Part 1”

Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 2

A Nose Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 2 Last week I posted Part 1 of a photo nose 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 noses.  BecauseContinue reading “Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 2”

Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 1

A Nose Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 1 This week I am introducing Part 1 of a photo nose 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 noses. Continue reading “Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 1”

Carving Hair

The following techniques will add life to your carvings.  This discussion pertains to carving long flowing hair that might be found on a mountain man, or on a woman, but it will work equally well on short hair and/or beards and mustaches, such as on Santas and wood spirits.  A V-tool is often the toolContinue reading “Carving Hair”

How to Make Dirt

Many times when you make a carving (particularly a small one) you want to put it into a diorama, or little scene with added accessories such as docks, fences, and other little carvings to go with it.  If your scene is going to be set on the ground you will probably want to use someContinue reading “How to Make Dirt”

Human Face & Body Proportions, and the Rule of Three

When carving human figures knowledge of proper body proportions is essential, even if you are just carving a human face or bust.  This also holds true when carving caricatures.  In caricature carving, face and body proportions are often exaggerated or distorted but a basic knowledge of proper measurements is still important. This week I wantContinue reading “Human Face & Body Proportions, and the Rule of Three”

Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 2

An Eye Tutorial by Tony Harris Part 2 Last week I posted 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. Continue reading “Carving Eyes with Tony Harris – Part 2”