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6 Eyes & Cheeks

Our 'second pass' looks at the top half of the face and defines the eyes and cheeks more. A good method here is to carve one half or side of the carving, then copy what you did on the other, working back and forth.


| 12 May 2016 16:50

Shane - I'd already thought of that! Thing is, I think you'd feel queasy viewing it as my head is moving all over the place. Do you watch the 6 Nations Rugby? The ref has a camera on his chest so we could potentially watch the match from his point of view. However, we only get to see it when he's standing still, for the scrum. Otherwise it's waving all over the place. But I actually haven't tried it yet - and will sometime. It's a great idea and there must be some use for it. Perhaps I could strap it to the gouge?

| 12 May 2016 03:48

Chris, I'm just reading through the old comments as I do for every video to see what else I can learn from others questions. In reading about the camera view question below, I'm surprised Carrie hasn't strapped a "GoPro" to your head yet and told you to carve away. Haha

| 13 January 2016 11:43

Roman - Thanks! We're very pleased with it. The videos stream through Vimeo and, really, there should be no difference between them and any other videos you are watching on the web. As you say, I doubt we're bug-free, and there's still a bit of tuning and tinkering to do, but we're looking good.

| 13 January 2016 01:35 redesign looks GREAT! However I notice that the videos seem to freezing up quite a bit while they buffer, something that didn't happen previously. No doubt the bugs will all be worked out soon.

| 12 January 2016 09:20

I am so loving these videos, so far I'm just watching, cutting things out on the band saw and making paper sandwiches. I currently have no way of clamping things down, but I'm working on it. I'm trying to convince my husband that a carving bench would look " fantastic " as an island in the kitchen. We could even have a counter top that lifts off! I carve in the kitchen anyway. I have been carving for about 2 1/2 years but only smaller things like relief carving and some people, and Santas etc. I would love to carve some of the ornamental projects for my home which is a very small Victorian style house. Small being the operative word!

| 09 April 2014 05:18

Ann - Many apologies for the missing tool names. Somehow it slipped through the net and I'm not sure when I can get round to re-doing the video; it's less of a priority than getting new material up on the site - but it's on my list. You could play a game and see if you can identify the tools - bet you can! They are all listed in the download.

| 05 April 2014 15:11

I realize that this is an older video, and maybe there's nothing that can be done, but the subtitles that probably announced the tools you were using just say "tool"... I really appreciate all that you've done in these videos and just missed seeing the tool names that I've gotten used to...

| 29 February 2012 08:29

David & Sharon - That's a good thought and we've started making lessons longer by leaving in more of the 'just carving'. One problem I have is the need to adjust my body as I carve. Left to my own devices I move around a lot, all over the place. If you were watching in person, you'd simply reposition so you could continue looking over my shoulder, say. With a camera fixed on a tripod I easily get in its way, as you may notice from time to time. (But not for long, Carrie soon tells me!) So, in the 'filming position' I'll become uncomfortable carving and want to move, which means an end to that sequence. But we hear you and we'll do our best!

| 13 January 2012 15:47

I can second Davids request! I think you can learn an awful lot just watching people create.

| 10 December 2011 22:05

I'm glad you mentioned the internal process. One of my requests for the site would be a 'Just Carvin' section; A series of relatively lengthy vids of just Chris carving. Perhaps subtitles of the current tool in use and a mic near the workpiece so we can hear the tool cutting the wood.

| 27 May 2011 12:01

It's hard enough to carve without a digital eye looking at me but to edit and inevitably reduce a complicated, principally internal process, to short 'lessons', and say what I'm doing while I do it - well... So, thanks both of you for those reassuring comments! We are trying something new ourselves here. Russ, let me depress you further by saying that your 'inspiration and discouragement' struggle never goes away and is probably THE fundamental for all artists and craftspeople, including myself. But, hey, we're addicted and, anyway, what can we do? Except just do it, which is what you are doing, heroically! Just don't stop!

| 24 May 2011 12:14

I agree completely and I can confirm what he write Russell. thanks a lot Chris. Regards Umberto

| 23 May 2011 17:17

This is really a remarkable level of detail Chris is sharing here.
I have never seen this level of detail expressed in all of the dozen or more carving videos I have acquired in all sorts of styles and various instructors over the past 4-5 years.
Thanks Chris.
As usual your video(s)/instructions bring me equal degrees of inspiration and discouragement. ;-)
The life so short, the craft so long to learn.
Russ L.

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