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« on: September 16, 2013 07:14:50 PM »

My dad taught me how to carve what he calls a "Five-Minute Wizard," so called because the guy who taught him how to make them can indeed crank them out in about five minutes (without painting).  Dad takes maybe half an hour to make one, and each of these took me upwards of FOUR HOURS.  Tongue



I carved the starry-hatted one last year.  I thought he looked kind of dour, and there were a few other issues that were bugging me, so a month or so ago I tried again.

Both of these guys started out as square sticks of maple wood.  I did a better job rounding off Blue Hat - Starry's hat still has corners where corners shouldn't be.



Blue Hat does seem slightly more cheerful than Starry, probably because I didn't make his eyebrows protrude so much.  It's hard to make a guy with a huge droopy mustache look anything but glum though.



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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013 07:34:07 PM »

OMG I adore these.  You have done an exquisite job!

These rock!
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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013 08:45:05 PM »

Quite wonderful carvings. Expressions do not have to be happy. The dour one is very unique. Think about the 7 dwarfs. They are each special in their own way. I hope you continue carving. You have a special talent there. I have enjoyed carving on white cedar wood. A very interesting wood grain. I let the wood speak to me in it's own special way, and "go with the grain". It looks like you did the same on your guys. Wonderful project, and I am sure that it was theraputic for you. It always has been for me.  Wink ~T
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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013 09:00:28 PM »

These are great!  I wanna learn!!!!   Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013 11:29:13 PM »

They both are great! I love seeing wood carvings made by hand. Was it whittling or carving with tools?
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2013 06:44:28 AM »

Love them both!  Great job.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2013 08:38:34 AM »

I applaud you for carving faces.  I keep lopping off their noses, so I started carving other things.

I also am amazed that you are carving maple.  It's the hardest wood for carving.  Although the carvings will be well built, your knives will take a beating.  You could try carving softer woods with great results.  If you truly want a five-minute wizard, try carving basswood.

Anyway, great job on the wizards.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2013 10:14:16 AM »

These guys are awesome. I wanted to learn how to carve when I was little but have never got around to it now that I am older.

I really like their expressions, especially starry hat. I can imaging him being all annoyed with younger wizards with their flashy ways  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2013 06:41:53 AM »

Thank you all for the comments!

They both are great! I love seeing wood carvings made by hand. Was it whittling or carving with tools?

I mostly used two carving knives (Flexcut Carving Knife and Detail Knife), but in a few places, like the beards, I used some of my dad's V-shaped gouges.  You can get the same effect with knives but the gouges make it easier.

I also am amazed that you are carving maple.  It's the hardest wood for carving.  Although the carvings will be well built, your knives will take a beating.  You could try carving softer woods with great results.  If you truly want a five-minute wizard, try carving basswood.

Yeah, it was kind of a pain to carve.  We only used it because Dad had a bunch of blanks he'd made from a board he got at the lumber store.  I like that it's so durable though, Starry has been living on my desk at work and I keep knocking him over.  Tongue

I'm actually working on a basswood carving now (a penguin, he's going to be adorable), and it is much easier to work with.  It's still slow going, though, I think I'll need a lot more practice before I can carve much of anything in just five minutes!
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2013 08:13:32 AM »

I love their faces, I can't imagine how you did this.  I always like wood carving, and you seem to have a real talent for it.  Hope you keep posting your work for all of us to admire.
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