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« on: November 18, 2013 04:16:35 PM »

My dad is a member of a woodcarving club, and last Saturday was their annual free Christmas tree ornament carving class.  We started with pre-cut basswood blanks (really just a chunk of wood sawed into a vague outline) and made these Santa heads.



Actually, during the class we only had time to carve the face and rough out the hat, so later that day Dad and I finished carving the beard, mustache, and hat, and textured everything up.  Then yesterday I painted mine.



I used watered-down acrylic paint to give him a bit of color without covering up the grain of the wood (I used full-strength acrylics on my last carving and now you can't even tell it's made of wood.  Sad )



The guy teaching the class had lost the screw eyes he was going to pass out, so I don't have any way to hang my Santa up, but he can stand on his beard so I might just leave him the way he is.
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013 04:48:13 PM »

Oh, crud. Run to the hardware store. Screw eyes are cheap! Or just poke a hole, and make your own fastening from wire to twist in.  Grin Locktite Adhesive should secure it in place.

I really like your Santa. And I agree that the watered down color looks better. A bit more vintage.

Glad you and Dad got some "bonding time". And can share in a common craft.

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013 06:34:24 PM »

I love this Santa!  He looks fabulous!
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013 09:32:19 PM »

I love it - the texture is great and I love the more subtle colouring
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2013 06:51:33 AM »

but he can stand on his beard

Now that's a long beard!  Wink

That looks really great.  How long did it take you to carve?
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013 06:46:08 AM »

Wonderful Santa, he looks like a precious antique.
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2013 08:58:18 AM »

Thanks for the compliments, everyone!

Oh, crud. Run to the hardware store. Screw eyes are cheap! Or just poke a hole, and make your own fastening from wire to twist in.  Grin Locktite Adhesive should secure it in place.

I really like your Santa. And I agree that the watered down color looks better. A bit more vintage.

Glad you and Dad got some "bonding time". And can share in a common craft.

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Actually, I go visit my dad nearly every Wednesday to carve (when we finish one piece we start right up on another) and last week I brought Santa and Dad gave me a screw eye to put in his hat.  Smiley


but he can stand on his beard

Now that's a long beard!  Wink

That looks really great.  How long did it take you to carve?


Cheesy  Thanks!  I managed to finish carving him in one day, but it took many hours.  The class was three hours long and then Dad and I carved for at least another three hours after that, maybe four.  I'm not very bold when it comes to taking off wood, so carving always takes me longer than it probably should.
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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2013 07:23:15 PM »

Such an amazing piece!

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