Fundamentals of Wood Carving
Fundamentals of Wood Carving
If your thinking about wood carving as a hobby you have a lot of directions in which to choose. Wood carving can be something simple like whittling for complex like carving some intricate “in the round”. Wood carving can be a hobby onto itself, or a way to enhance you other woodwork pieces.Introductory Primer to Wood Carving
Of all the art forms available to craftsmen, wood carving may well be one of the oldest developed skill in man's history. Carved designs and accents have appeared in furniture design, the building components of our homes and places of worship, the household items that we use everyday, and of course as simply beautiful decorative sculptures.
Carving is the form of woodworking where the cutting away of wood is done by hand, resulting in a dimensional wooden figure. It is simply the art of carving wood to make decorative objects.
At first wood carving looks nothing more than daunting, but as technique, style, and method is learned it becomes a skill. You may not think you have the abilities to carve, but after learning where your natural ability lie, you will be able to enhance them through technique.
Although it popular to this that you can pickup a random piece of wood, and a steak knife or of the kitchen and carve a piece of art, it doesn't really work that way. Having the right supplies, and the right piece of wood is essential to learning the skills needed.
Once you have decided to start carving wood, the best place to start is to learn as much as possible from those with experience. Luckily if you don't have someone to learn directly from we know have the internet to find out where to start.
Your first project is a good place to experiment and learn. Start with something easy and make sure you are following the proper safety procedures.
A simple wood carving can be made with a few simple woodcarving tools, or as simply as whittling figures with a pocket knife. A simple project is an excellent way to become familiar with your tools and learn the skills needed for more advance carvings. You can tryout a variety of different carving style to find out what fits you best. A simple carving can be complete in a few days or over a weekend, or whittled in a few hours.
Chip Carving is representative of the Chipping Away style; it has a history of use in decorating various wood household objects including furniture, and in creating wholly creative pieces. Although the finished chip carved pieces often display an intricacy and beauty one may think is attainable only by a long-lived master carver, chip carving can be surprisingly easy to learn.
So you want to make a decoy duck. Do you have a piece of wood laying around that's 5" X 8" X 15"? Well, I didn't think so. Can you go down to your local lumber store and pick up a piece that size? I didn't think so. So go to your local lumber store and buy a piece of framing lumber 2" X 10" X 8 foot long. It must be straight, not bowed or warped. Most framing lumber is some type of pine. Sight down the length of it and then across the width of it. Is it bowed? If so pick another one.
I know there are many men and women in our area and wherever the Internet reaches who would enjoy wood carving very much. It is very gratifying to carve a piece of wood into a recognizable shape. The process is very rewarding in that it gives you a sense of accomplishment while at the same time making you feel relaxed. Of course, if you love the thrill of competition, this hobby can give you that also.