Introduction to Woodcarving
Woodcarving is a wonderful hobby enjoyed by many people around the
globe. It's universal
appeal no doubt lies in its versatility, in that there are
endless ways in which you can unleash
your creative potential. Whether you consider
yourself a whittler or a sculptor makes no
difference as long as you are enjoying the art
of woodcarving. Below are some of the different
styles of woodcarving you will
encounter in your new hobby.
In the Round
This term describes the style enjoyed by most carvers. Simply put, it is anything
dimensionally. The subject matter can be anything from a bird to an
abstract sculpture of a human.
There are some different groups in this style that
you will encounter which are:
Realistic - Describes anything carved
with absolute realism as your goal, whether the subject
matter is animal, human or still
life. Common woods used are basswood, tupelo and butternut.
Caricature - This style can also
describe any subject matter, but the carving will have one or
features. Usually caricature carvings are of human or animal subjects. Most
caricatures are carved from basswood.
Stylized - Stylized carvings are
typified by their smooth, undetailed appearance. The smooth
gentle curves and
flowing lines of stylized carvings move this style into more of a sculpture category
is an excellent choice of carvers wishing to let the beauty of the wood prevail. For
this fact, the
most common woods carved in this category are butternut, cherry, maple,
mesquite and others.
This terms refers to carvings in which the subject is carved down into a block of wood.
is the key in relief carving. The skillful relief carver wants to
fool the viewers eye by making the carving
appear to have more depth than wood
available. Relief carvings are best displayed as wall hangings
lighting as this brings out the light and shadow effect. Can be carved in any type
Chip carving is a very popular style of woodcarving normally utilizing only two cutting
tools. This style of
carving is a very traditional style used for decorating or
enhancing an item whether it be a box, plate or
any number of wooden items.
Preferred wood of chip carvers is basswood.
Woodburning is commonly performed by realistic bird and animal carvers to give the fur and
their carvings a realistic appearance. Woodburning is also highly
popular as an art of its own with artists
producing some incredible works of a variety of
subjects. Basswood and gourds are popular with