Carving An Owl From Cedar Wood

Cedar Wood

I am going to try to carve another owl sculpture out of this piece of cedar. The recipient of the last owl I made really liked it, so the client asked for another one. As I said before, I do not normally take commissions, but this was a special case. I am going to carve it using the angle grinder as well as the rotary tool. I am getting the rough shape down here. Now I want to take off a bit more material off the back. I am going to go back to the angle grinder. Just to show you I am not a miracle worker, I do use photo reference for stuff like this. This is just a photo I got off the internet. I am just putting the legs in here; getting a pretty good rough shape. Actually, I am getting pretty close to the final shape. As I keep saying, the most important part is the eyes and face area, so I will come back on work on that a little once I define the feet a little more.

Like the other owl I did, I had intended to remove all this material in here, but it is just taking so long with this tool. I think I am going to leave it like that, just define the talons on the front and then finish up the face. Right now I am just taking off the rough edges. It is not going to be perfect. I am only concerned about the face, really. Well, I think this turned out pretty nice. I think it turned out better than the first one, actually, even though it is smaller. I feel like the proportions are better and the balance. I simply made this with an angler grinder, a rotary tool and a blowtorch. This was carved from a piece of reclaimed red cedar. One thing I did differently this time is I put highlights in the pupils. It gives the eyes a little bit more life, I think. It is difficult to estimate how much time it took me. I got out here a little late this morning and I had some other things going on. I would have to guess it took me about four hours, I think, in total.

Carving An Aperture & Mouthpiece In A Wood Flute

So this is going to be a short flute, it’s about a foot. The first step would be to make the mouthpiece, so I can get a sound out of it. So I’m going to put it back onto the clamp. This bow, you want to look for the top of the bow, and make the mouthpiece right here, so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to clamp this and make the aperture. Take my file, my round file, and start. Make sure that the mouthpiece is at least 1/4″ in and to make this flute sound good, you have to have a good mouthpiece. You also go from inside, this is a good view right here.


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