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1 Introduction

I saw this late Arts & Crafts Pelican in Liberty, the famous design, fabric and craft emporium in Regent's Street, London. (More about the history of the Liberty store here.)

The 'Tudor revival' part of the store was built around 1924 and is organised around three light 'wells' surrounded by balconies that form the main focus of the building. Our stylised Pelican perches, along with some other delightful animals, on one of the balcony posts and looks out into space and the rest of the shop.

I don't know who carved the Pelican but it's a lovely design, fitting neatly into the block of the original post and beautifully executed. If you are ever in London, make sure you pay the Liberty Pelican a visit!

In this lesson I introduce the project and use our drawing to prepare the block of wood ready for carving. In particular, I show you how to profile the block without using a bandsaw.

Members candownload my working drawing and tool list below.

Subscriber download: Working drawing and tool list (PDF)


| 12 March 2021 09:10

William - Welcome! I wish you joy and success in you carving.
There's a lot of material on this site and I hope you don't feel overwhelmed. Get stuck into the Beginners Course and then simpler projects. You find the techniques therein are used again and again even for advanced carvings.
Step by step, you'll soon find yourself well on the path of woodcarving!

| 12 March 2021 01:53

I am a. Beginner and happy to be here

| 13 January 2017 15:44

Chris I notice that you do not show a frontal view of the pelican, or any other in the round projects, yet you mention the dimensions of wood. Other than the wood size how do you know how wide to make it? Is there a standard for Pelican width? Have you done research previous to find out the dimensions. Possibly it is later on in this video and I should be more patient. It is just that I have always worked with two sets of drawings, not necessarily right, and have cut the shape via the band saw and worked from there. I can see by your approach that you learn more. I am just trying to understand your approach as I am not so gifted.

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