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Head Carving Tutorial - Steve Sanford
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Here is a bunch of slides of my head carving process. I offer it simply as the way I do it - definitely NOT the only way. There are lots of ways this process can unfold - and lots of experienced and accomplished carvers on this site and elsewhere. I hope it is useful as is but welcome feedback, thoughts, suggestions, alternatives from new and old carvers alike.

I will be posting a similar bunch of slides on carving the body in a couple of days (epoxy is still curing....).

The bird is a decorative "mantelpiece" Mallard Drake. Nevertheless, the process I use for fancy or gunner is pretty much the same - so I hope it is useful as a demonstration of my method. You decide where on the spectrum between utilitarian and "precious" you want your birds to be.

You should be able to view the slide show (in Picasa) at this link (Chuck - please help if this is not working!):

https://picasaweb.google.com/.../5865266191793450882

Each slide (of 66 total, I think) is captioned with the instructional narrative - so slow the show down to more than the default 3 (10 or 15?) seconds per slide.

As you jump in, bear in mind the words of my favorite poem, from Joel Barber in Wild Fowl Decoys:

The Art of Decoy Making

...And I says, says I,
Take an ax, man, and be done with it.
But they must lie in a sea and ride
Like a hove-to Gloucester schooner.

I'm happy to answer any questions or help in any way I can. And I look forward to seeing results "On your workbench".

All the best,

SJS
Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Chuck J: Apr 12, 2013, 12:03 PM
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