Making a start on our Pelican - but where?
The first thing to do is 'read' the block. What do we know? For example, a symmetrical carving like this has a centre line, which lies more or less on what will be the final surface. It's a 'high spot', one of several from which little or no wood will be removed. Get these sorts of things clear in your mind before picking up your big gouge and starting in at the head and shoulders.
| 14 January 2017 08:18
Karen - I'm afraid it's impossible now to add to the video, if only because we no longer have the pelican.
The point I am trying to make here is that, right at the start, you need to think about high spots and understand that these are where you are NOT going to take wood away. In a symmetrical carving, bandsawn out like this one, the entire centre line must lie along high spots - and thus is a wonderful reference from which to work.
| 13 January 2017 16:22
I agree, the role of high points is clearly important, it can make or break a carving. I was wondering, how difficult would it be to add a small enclosed shot high in the left hand corner of the screen to show the back of the finished carving. This would help me understand what you, Chris, are trying to achieve for example here with the neck.
| 04 October 2014 14:59
Me too, Ann. I wish I'd learned it sooner.
| 10 November 2013 09:40
Chris - strange that I'm the first to comment on this aspect but I definitely think one of the most important lessons I've learned to integrate in my wood-carving-thinking, reinforced clearly and often by you, is "high points"! It's become a guiding principle for me...