Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mutant Spike Troll

Sometimes the wood just wants to be this. Who am I to argue?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Old time whittler's tricks: Cube in cage w/chain (part 2)

Just a quick update, since I've already posted on this carving. Here it is again, but with some boiled linseed oil hand-rubbed into the wood. As always, linseed oil brings out the character of the basswood. It imparts a warm glow, highlights the grain, and helps to seal the wood.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Old time whittler's tricks: Linked Hearts

Two hearts, carved from a single piece of tupelo wood. I like tupleo. It's easy to carve, but a bit tougher than basswood. I stained it two different colors to further the illusion of two seperate objects "magically" intertwined.
I made these thick enough to withstand causal handling, and chose tupelo for it's durability. People will want to pick this up, and I will want it to stay in one piece!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How to: Whittle some Spike Trolls

Spike Trolls (a rough translation of spiketrollet, aka "carved trolls"), are a quick and easy project for whittlers of any experience level. You get to try a variety of grips, practice your cuts, and make something cute out of material you can find anywhere. Here's how I do it, step-by-step: 1. Start with a stick of green wood, as big around as your thumb. The base end should be cut flat enough to support the spike troll on an even surface.
2. Define the "hat" area by shaving up from the hatband to the top of the stick.
3. Shape the "hat" into a general cone shape, allowing for curves if you'd like.
4. Make a stop cut for the top of the "face." Shave bark towards this line to define the forehead area.
5. Complete the face area by carving a shallow notch up to the forehead stop cut.
6. Shape the "hat"as desired. I like to carve smooth notches representing folds in the hat.
7. Draw the face with a Sharpie.
8. Color the hat if desired. I use acrylic paints.
9. The final step, of course, is to make your new spike troll a buddy!