Till you achieve mastery over this art, it is best to keep on polishing it by turning small wooden pieces into small figurines, so that you can gradually try your hand at big projects like wooden toys and wood furniture.
An amateur must choose soft wood to start off. Soft woods like butternut, aspen, and basswood are perfect. Carving tools for a beginner include a utility knife, wood chisel, and a pick. Before you start, make sure that all the tools are sharp enough.
Create the design on the wood using a pencil. You can also transfer the desired shape of the design using a granite paper. Do not create any complex design, try simple shapes like flowers with broad petals or a four leaf clover. As a beginner, you can also try straight lines and curves.
>> Blow away the debris that is caused by the chisel and observe the carving time and again. Use a tack cloth piece to clean the wood and a sandpaper to clean the sharp edges or splinters.
Steps to Carve Wood Spirits
Wood spirits are a blend of human features and natural elements. They are of great significance to the American Indians. They are made to protect human beings from any possible dangers. Here are some easy instructions for carving these.
After you finish your first woodwork, make sure you cover it with a good quality stain which will protect it. You can think of using natural oils like linseed or walnut oil on the carved piece.