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How to carve the Patriot

I have received countless emails over the years asking for more information on how I do my wood carvings. Here are some pictures of the stages "The Patriot" wood carving went through, towards it's completion. Unfortunantly I didn't capture any pictures of the bolt of wood being set.

To do a wood carving it always starts with one of my hand drawn pictures.

It always starts with a drawing.

Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea.
Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea.
Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea.
Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea.
Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea. Photo of the various stages of wood carving of  the beaver out of one block of wood for a true canadian patriot gift idea.
Click here to see an enlarged photo of the near finished wood carving of the beaver called the patriot.
Here is the final wood carving of the beaver known as "The Patriot" before it was painted red for the Canadian flag.
 
It is very difficult to describe in words what it takes to create a wood carving. In the beginning it is just an idea, and from there comes the research to find out all the details of the item to be carved. The selection of wood is just as important in carving the wood art. Oak is one of the harder woods, but it does have a tendency to want to spit and chip. It feels like the carving is all ready inside the wood and I just have to find it. By chipping away at all the peices that are NOT part of the carving, the wood art appears.

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