Sunday, June 18, 2017

Presentation for Shows/Sales An Example!

I have found it always best to spend some time with thinking about how you "present" carvings at shows and sales.  In a previous post I featured a project of small skulls.

This whittling project will result in lots of these small skulls.  Each small skull will have either a pin back or a tie tack back adhered,  They will probably be priced at $1.00 or $2.00 each.

I could have several of the skulls on my table ready for sale, then replenish them as they sell. 

 Or I could present the skulls a bit differently.

Lots of different ways of item presentation.  I like the skull pins/magnets in a small coffin, where folks can select one from many.

There is usually lots of folks at carving shows, and the idea is to get the folks to stop and look at your pieces; and hopefully make a purchase.   I  think the coffin display will be more effective than a pin or too on the table,,,,

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Some kids do not like scary stuff.  And Frankenstein can be scary.
So why not a non scary Frankenstein.....

Started out grabbing some scrapes and going from there.  Basswood, 3/8 x 3/8 by 1 inch long.  The nose is a round headed quilters pin, and then small tacks in the sides of the neck.

This small piece has a tie tack back adhered to it.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


I am always on the lookout for quick and easy items to whittle.  These items need to be carried in my pockets and ready to whittle no matter when or where I might be.
Halloween is in October, and I always like to have some small items to give or to sell.  For some reason, skulls seem to be liked.  

Here's a small SKULL PIN, or MAGNET
 that's easy and fast to do.

The following photos are a step-by-step sequence to start and to complete the small skull pin or magnet.

Step 1-  Make some sketches.

STEP 2-  Transfer a sketch to wood and cut out the pattern.  Here I have selected two sketches for patterns and whittling.

Step 3_  Trace the patterns onto 3/8 inch Basswood, and cut the blanks out.  Trace and cut out lots of blanks.

STEP 4-  Use you knife to round over the edges.

STEP 5-  I used the drill to shape the eye sockets, and the knife to shape the teeth.  The skulls in the following photo were darkened so you could see that I left the knife marks prior to adding the finish.  To lazy to sand!  I dipped the skulls in maple stain, then clear polyurethane. 

Here's an example of sanded skulls.  I like the unsanded.

Step 6-  Add a tie tack or a pin back to the skull.  You could also add a magnet.

I whittled 8 of these with my morning coffee.  Of course I had to promise some for the waitresses at the diner... 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Past Projects 2

Continuing photos of past projects, some of which have been posted in the past.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Past Projects

This post is the 576th post that I have made to this blog.  That's a lot of carving information and projects.  Some of the older posts have fallen off the end of the blog, and are no longer available.  That is why I will periodically highlight some of the projects that have been posted in the past.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Whittled Jam/Cheese Spreader

Christmas is a season for gift giving.  I plan on being ready.  Here's a fairly easy little project that requires only a piece of Basswood and a knife.  I am referring to the Santa handled spreader only - not the jar of home made strawberry preserves.

The materials needed are a piece of Basswood measuring 1 x 1 x 6 inches, paint, and food grade oil for the finish.  Tools needed are a scroll saw or a band saw, knife, and pencil and paint brush.

This project is carved on the corner of the Basswood.

I think the above photo is self explanatory...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Completed Small Flat Plane Style Animal and Noah;s Ark

After very little time. you can whittle and paint many pairs of the small animals, in the flat plane style as demonstrated in previous posts.  The Ark is not that difficult either, if you have the tools.
The materials for the Ark are all salvaged (1/4 inch birch plywood and crown molding).

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Continued step by step whittling the ultra flat plane Rhino.

The goal in the following steps is to "create" the flat planes by removing slices of wood at the sharp edges of the blank.  Instead of rounded corners and edges we want the flat planes left over from removing slices from the blank edges.
Step 1  -  Remove chip from center of lower belly.

Step 2 -  Pare the corner off of the back of the front legs.

Step 3 -  Pare the corner off the front of the rear legs.

Step 4 -  Remove the front of the feet on the rear legs.

Step 5 -  Slice the corners off the top of the rear legs.

Step 6 -- Slice the corners off the bottom of the head.

Step 7 -  Pare the corners off the top of Rhinos head area.

Step 8 -  Continue removing the corners of the bottom of the head.

Step 9 -  Make a stop cut dividing the two ears.

Step 10 -  Pare down from the tops of the ears to the stop and remove the chips.

Step 11 -  Lets hope it looks some what like this.

If you want color, now is the time.  I like to dilute water based acrylics.

Time to whittle more ultra flat plane animals for the Ark.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


TIME TO START WHITTLING!   Notice that I am not using any glove nor thumb guard....YOU SHOULD!. unless you have enough scar tissue built up to be knife resistant, or have a real nice nurse practitioner  like I do.....

The photo captions precede the photo.

Step 1  -  Stop cut where head meets body.

Step 2  -  Stop cut where tail meets body

Step 3  -  Stop cut where horn meets head.

Step 4  -  Remove wood from horn to thin it down.  Carefully slice down to the stop cut.

Step 5 -  Begin to thin the head by slicing wood off up to the stop cut that separates the head from the body.

Step 6  -   Continue thinning the head by tapering it from the back to the tip

It may be necessary to deepen the stop cut separating the head from the body to narrow the Rhino's head.

Step 7  -  The narrowed head should look like this.

Step 8  -  Make stop cuts separating rear legs from body,

Step 9 -  Make stop cuts separating front legs from body.

Step 10 -  Remove ship from belly to rear leg.

Step 11 - Remove chip at rear legs and belly.

Step 12 -  Make stop cuts on each side of back

Step 13 -  Remove chips to the stop cut at mid way back, both from the shoulder and the rear.

Step 14 -  Remove a slice to form a flat facet at rump area.

Step 15 -  Remove a slice of wood from mid back to the neck area.

Step 16 - Your Rhino should look somewhat like this.