Tree carving part 4

I was anxious to start on the leaves as I know this can add some life to the piece.

Using a router I first made small cutouts spaced around the edges of the leaves. The router makes quick work of this by removing material quickly rather than doing it all by hand. I still have to go in with a chisel and clean them up but removing stock is the only objective here.

I then laid in lines for the main veins as well as  lines that extend from the center vein to the edge. These lines are first cut in with a V tool then using flatter chisels the cut is rounded over onto the surface of the leaf. I then use a large gouge to cut a cove from the cutouts along the edge towards the center of the leaf. Doing this adds some movement and interest to the leaf.

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Off to the lower right in this photo is a nearly completed leaf. The others show the initial cuts with the V tool and I will focus in on the one at the center top.

 

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Here are the cutouts as well as the main vein and the smaller ones that lead to the edge of the leaf.

 

IMG_3643The veins have bee radiused into the surface and the large gouge creates a cove from the cutouts towards the center vein.

 

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Showing the leaf lit from different angles reveals the undulations created by the veins and coves.

 

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And a variety of leaves in different states of being carved,, sanded,, etc.

 

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rich Larow
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 00:39:38

    As a fellow Wood Carver, i was led to your site through a link. The finished products are very lifelike- i realize how much artistry, then Carving that makes a pice what it is. The Carved Capital subject i saw was simply beautiful. This type of carving i regard as the most difficult and most people dont realize it. Wonderful work..

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  2. markyundt
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 04:36:57

    Thank you Rich I appreciate your comments and understanding the process of carving. I love architectural type carvings and the challenges they present. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to try their hand at it but most seem to enjoy seeing it.

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