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3 Bosting part 2

Moving round to the back and tail of our Pelican, we continue bosting in: getting the overall form and flow of the various elements in the piece.


| 18 March 2022 14:15

Adam - It's a good point but, unfortunately, not possible to add now. We'll definitely bear the idea in mind in the future with other projects.

However, there are a couple of things you can do:

1. Print off the download for this project; there's a full picture of the complete bird therein.
2. Right at the beginning and right at the end of this project, you'll see me showing the pelican and turning it around. Pause the video where you want, expend the view to full screen, take and print a screenshot.

There's no reason not to aim to add Pelicans to your house. If not you, who else will ever do it?
Do have a go. Look forward to seeing them in the gallery!

| 18 March 2022 01:49

Hi Chris, I'm very much enjoying watching you work on this piece, particularly since you are copying something from a photograph. It would be nice to see an image every so often of the pelican, so that we can see what you are shaping towards as you're explaining how you've made your carving decisions along the way. Sometimes I can't quite remember what the finished bird looked like.

I really like this carving! - I live in a craftsman-era house (built 1915) and I know the pelican was a familiar image in arts-and-crafts decor. Would love to add some contemporary-style carvings to the place someday. Thanks! Adam

| 29 September 2013 07:17

Sean - I've just looked at the lesson again and seem to do both! Sometimes I'm resting on the work - often with my forearm - and sometimes not - though mostly not. I'm sure it varies with the particular work I'm doing and must depend on the shape of what I'm carving, the awkwardness of resting on the wood (as you say), or - and this is probably the most important - how much control I need. For example, in lettering I always have my chisel hand on the wood surface when using the mallet; here I seem quite happy not to and have all the control I need. I guess there are no rules! Whatever works, eh...

| 25 September 2013 15:31


When holding your gouges with a mallet I notice that your hand is often half way up them. Why do you not want your palm resting on the carving (might prove to be akward?) or holding it much closer for more control while using the mallet?

Your videos are an inspiration and it has been my privilege to learn from them, thank you for this website and the opportunity!

Thank you,

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