It's rare that I carve from a whole piece of tree, starting with the bark. I normally work from boards of wood that have been seasoned, and thus very unlikely to split, and glue up to size where necessary. Few woods can be carved from a whole log without the problems and since all my carving work is commissioned, I just cannot take the risk of wood 'checking' (splitting), warping or otherwise 'behaving badly' either while I carve or when the piece has been delivered.
However, we have been asked several times about carving from a whole log so I thought I'd give it a go, with this owl the result. I will say that one of the advantages of a whole log is the wonderful contoured figuring effect you can get, as you can see from the picture.
Follow me through the whole process, the whole journey. There's a lot of work and a lot to learn.
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| 23 March 2018 23:51
Chris, I have a huge inventory of maple log sections I have stored for several years to eventually try and carve sculptures. This might be a "white wood" that will meet the task, but I fear it will be very hard to carve.