Tuesday, May 3, 2011

And We're Back!

I really like carving these little soldiers and horses. As you can see in the in-hand shots, these ones are small with a wide, conical, base. This shape helps them sit very well. All edges are rounded, and everything is close in to the body to avoid breakage. Experience shows that kids love to beat up these toys, so they had better be durable!

As usual these were carved with no power tools, only a hand saw to get started and a knife for the bulk of the work. After sanding and painting each soldier is given a few coats of shellac, while the horses are finished with salad bowl finish and acrylic accents.

Thanks to everyone who patiently waited for an update. It has been far too long. I've made a bunch of whittlins, so more updates are on the way!


  1. Magnificent!! really impressive work.

  2. Thanks Buzzard! I'm glad to be back to posting again.

  3. These look amazing! I've been wanting to get more serious with whittling since the fork contest on the Becker forum. I think I might have to give these a try.


  4. Thanks for the kind words, Sqoon! I was originally inspired by the Lewis Chessmen. Give it a google, I think you'll find some nice designs to further inspire your work.