11 Step – Basic Woodspirit Carving Tutorial
Tools and Materials for Basic Woodspirit Carving Tutorial
Carving Glove/Thumb Guard
Draw Knife (Not Required but Handy)
V-tool (Not Required but Handy for Notch Cuts)
Gouge (Not Required but Handy for removing wood)
Choose Walking Stick
This step is pretty self-explanatory.
- Remove Bark in Area of Face and Angle Face
Using a draw knife if you have one available remove the bark in the area that the face and beard will be carved. Using a draw knife or roughing knife, angle the face area to a point along the center of the face.
- Notch Eye Line and Bottom of Nose
Using a carving knife, make a notch cut along the eye line and another notch cut below the nose.
- Draw Sides of Nose and Stop Cut
Using a pencil, draw in the sides of the nose and then use your carving knife to make a stop cut along the line.
- Remove up to Sides and Under Nose
Carve up to the stop cut line to remove the wood on the sides of the nose. Remove some wood under the nose to help it stand out from the face.
- Shave Sides of Nose & Round Bottom Corners of Nose
Make a slight upward and inward sweeping cut on each side of the nose to shape the nose. Also round the corners of the nose by making a slightly angled cut on the corners.
- Triangle Cut at Corners of Nose
Make three cuts to form a triangle at the corners of the nose.
- Soften Eyebrow and Notch Cut above Eyebrow
Soften the eyebrow by slightly shaving off the sharp edge and then make a shallow notch cut above the eyebrow area to form a mound for the eyebrow.
- Outline Mustache with Sliver Cuts and Round Mouth Mound
Make long sliver cuts to outline the mustache area. Round the mouth mound into the smile lines.
- Detail Mustache, Beard and Eyebrows
Using long “S” and “C” cuts fill in the mustache and beard areas.
- Detail the Eyes with an Indention
Use your carving knife to stab the point into the eyes at the place that you want the pupils to be. This will create an indention that will represent the pupil. Doing this will give the impression that the eyes are looking at something.
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