I've been told that owls are a very popular item these days. This little owl is mainly intended for the beginner, but is great fun for any carver. This little owl measures about 2 inches X 2 inches. It starts out as a piece of 1/4th inch Basswood. The only materials you need is the 1/4th inch thick piece of Basswood, two small 3/4 inch wood wheels, two dark beads, screw eye or pin back, black paint and some final finish. Of course you'll need a carving knife. Sand paper is optional.
STEP 1: Draw the outline of the owl and scroll saw the blank.
STEP 2: Round over the top of the owls head. Start with stop cuts at the top of the owls "eye brows". Make cuts to and from these stop cuts.
STEP 3: Shape the owls "eye brows"
STEP 4: Shape the owls beak by removing two chips on each side of the beak.
STEP 5: Shape the owls wings and the pieces base/bottom. Start by making stop cuts outlining the wings, then round the wings over to the edge and the stop cuts.
STEP 6: Shape the owls claws.
STEP 7: Shape feathers on the owls belly with a small U gouge pressed into the wood.
STEP 8: Paint the owls beak black.
STEP 9: Glue the toy car wood wheels into place as the owls eyes. At this point you can apply the final finish. I dipped the piece into wood conditioner followed by natural stain.
Step 10: Glue two dark beads into the wheel axle holes for the owls eyes. Add a small screw eye for the pendant, and apply final finish (wax or poly).