Description: This squirrel carving has been based off a chainsaw carving design but has been roughed out with a bandsaw and then carved with handtools.
Status: Not For Sale
1. the squirrel outline is roughed out
2. The body outline is penciled on
3. Details around the front paws are roughed out
4. The position of the paws and acorn is marked up
5. The head is marked out
6. A centerline over the top helps keep proportions balanced.
7. The Head shape is carved out and the eye position marked
8. The front of the head is carved taking care around the shoulders and paws.
9. The ears and the gap between are carved out.
10, When carving it helps to keep the piece clamped hard to the bench.
11. Carve out the back feet and the underside of the acorn and paws.
12. Drill out a hole in the centre of the tail and start shaping the tail.
13, Gradually get the line of the tail and the rounding of the body aligned.
14. Ensure the curves align around the shoulders and to the paws.
15. Mark out the eye and ears
16. Drill out the eye and carve around it shaping the ear.
17. Shape round the top of the eye and ears
18. IN this case some bark was left just at the nose.
19. After completion the tail was textured
20. The front paws and acorns took time due to the soft wood and the need to get the elbows realistic.
21. The feet and claws were carved
22. The carving was finished with Danish Oil.