Part 2 of "How To Carve A Simple Woodspirit Face" has been posted. I had to re-shoot one segment that got too messed up but now I'm satisfied and finished it up before this endless rain started. I like to do my videos way out in the woods and sometimes the rain, snow, or cold can put a bit halt on things. Thanks for all the wonderful and inspiring comments on this tutorial from the great folks on the Woodcarving Illustrated Message Board. Those folks are the greatest and have inspired my further carving endeavors since 2004 like no one else has. Thanks gang!
While this particular woodspirit is not exactly an advanced "Pablo Picasso" project, it is focused more on those carvers who would like a great entry level project for trying their hands at carving a face. It's very basic and has been "shop" tested with hundreds of students for more than a decade so I feel confident offering it as such a challenge. If I had only one piece of advice to give a new carver (and only one) I would insist that you carve something every single day. If you find just a few minutes a day then pick up you knife and wood then carve something. It doesn't even have to be a defined project... just carve. Grab a piece of 1" X 1" piece of basswood and just doodle away with your knife. Carve squares, circles, triangles, spirals then invent some of your own designs. That is great practice and you're elevating your carving skills by doing this probably more than you realize. Just carve!
Living in the mountains of North Carolina I have spent almost 30 very
rewarding years working with at-risk kids in a wilderness camping program as a counselor, outdoor educator, and woodshop teacher. To learn more about what my blog is all about, just scroll down this sidebar to "About my blog..."
1. Woodcarving/Woodwork: Working wood has been a lifetime obsession for me and I enjoy sharing what I know. It is my belief that hands-on and experiential learning has a direct and profound effect on the development of a child's intellect, confidence, and character. Projects of mine (and my students) will be posted as they progress and I will occasionally include a video tutorial. All of my videos can be found here .
2. Bushcraft/Primitive Living Skills: Finding ways to live closer to the land has always fascinated me. Whether it's building a shelter, fire starting, animal tracking, or just making rustic furniture... you'll eventually see some of it here.
3. Long Distance backpacking, canoeing, & bicycling: Some of my long distance adventures include thru-hiking the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail, Mexico to Canada and I solo paddled the 1,800 mile Yukon river across northwest Canada and Alaska to the Bering sea. More detailed accounts of these and many other adventures can be found here
4. Sustainable Living: I'm always looking for better ways to do more by using less. It's not so much an "environmental" thing to me as it is a quest for personal independence from material things and finding a path to more substantive living .
5. Scouting Activity: As a scoutmaster of 6 years (and currently assistant scoutmaster) I'm actively involved with the troop and "Order of the Arrow" where it is a joy to volunteer hundreds of hours each year because investing in the next generation insures a better tomorrow for everyone. In an era when most schools don't value hands-on learning, outdoor education, and the arts... scouting soars in meeting these critical experiences for boys.
6. Profiles: Behind everyone's success you can usually find a trail of some very significant mentors and teachers along the way. And sometimes you don't completely understand how someone affected your life for the better until many years later. You'll find some of those stories here.