Wood Carving

WOOD CARVINGS FOR BEGINNERS

Wood carving is a technique characterized by creative craft and fun, it only requires a piece of wood and a tool (sharp) to carve the wood. The tool chosen to be used in carving also greatly affects the ease, result in the final product of carving and the safety. The following information is greatly important to a new craftsman/craftswoman who wishes to get started in the field;

Types of wood carvings

Generally wood carvings is of different types , before one purchase materials and supplies to start the carving one should identify the best style that suits his/her abilities and the desired end product

Chip carving

In this type of carving tools involved are chisel, hammer and a knife. As the name suggests “chip” it entails chipping away a piece of wood. It is mostly employed in creation of patterns that is in wooden boards or plates.

Relief carvings

It involves the process of carving where figures are curved into the wood. Mostly the back of the wood is left flat. The image is curved in three dimensions.

Carving in the round

In this model/type all ends and sides are curved compared to relief curving. Sometimes it is compared to clay sculpturing of wood cutting because objects are generally smooth and angles are round.

Whittling

A whittling or carving knife is greatly used in this mode of carving. It is distinct because of its sharpness and textured cuts.

Types of woods

After one has chosen his/her best style of carving the best wood should be chosen too for the best end product in carving. Basswood or butternut is ideal wood for beginners these is because they are soft. If the craftsman/craftswoman is planning to leave the sculpture unpainted then butternut is the best to use because of its nice looking grain.

All woods for curving are highly recommend to be purchased from crafts and arts store and not from a garage or lumber pile. Below are some types of woods that can be used;

White oak

Hard to carve, yellowish color, very light and has a coarse grain.

Butternut

Easy to carve, has a coarse grain, it is light brown in color

Basswood

It is easy to carve, light and creamy colored and has a fine grain.

Cherry.

It is very hard to carve, pinkish brown in color, has a wavy pattern and with a fine grain.

White pine.

Easy to carve, medium grain, soft and creamy colored

Black walnut.

Generally hard to carve, very dark brown in color and with a medium grain

Sugar maple.

Hard to carve, light cream color and with a fine grain.

Types of wood carving tool

Nice sculptures are obtained with the use of the correct tools. Some of them are;

Chip carving knife.

It consist of a blade that is about an inch and a half long, has a long handle too these to prevent any injury to the hand also provides comfort. It cost around 20$ but the best quality sells are 50$.

Gouges.

These are curved tools used in scooping out large or small areas of wood depending on wideness in their sweep. Examples of gouges are V-gouges-gouges and spoon gouges.

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DIY Gifts

A gift is an item given to someone without payments since they are meant to be free. Many people have always have the opportunities of presenting and receiving gifts from one person or many other people. We present different gifts mostly we there is a celebration as a congratulation and an encouragement to a person. It is always important to give some something that will make the person remember the occasion in their lifetime. when presenting a gift to a loved one everyone always thinks of the best and unique gift to present during every occasion in order to make the person happy others tend to be sad when they have a celebration and the person they expected a gift from has not brought any despite what they already have been brought for by other people. At giving occasion might be due to an expression of love and friendship, an expression of solidarity, to share wealth, celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas, wedding and birth ceremonies amongst others.

While searching for gifts people tend to move in shopping centers such as the supermarkets and even get some from the best designers, this is for impressing and creating happiness to a loved one. others have preference for making gifts on their own as a sign of creativity and choice, this is after feeling that buying gifts can sometimes be a sign of laziness and lack of a different knowledge to make one on their own. few people prefer handmade gifts as they consider it as a time waster, lack of ideas and prefer the ready ones from the shops. presenting a handmade fit is the most thoughtful thing that a person can do to a loved one as it will show a lot compared to the one already made.

There are many types of handmade gifts one can make such as cards, woolen items like sweater and hoods, woven baskets and mats, beaded neckless, bracelets and anklets, making sandals from leather material, making wood carvings of something interesting, painting of portraits and many others. Though one will take a lot of time making and thinking of what best to make through creativity but the end results will be worth it since they will be the only unique ones from the crowd. creativity has always been and will always be the best thing one can ever think of when making a gift by leaving out the commonest to the most unique and a high level of simplicity one, making you to be the subject of the day as the most thoughtful idea you had.

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