In this instructable I'm going to show how to carve a feather with a eagle head on in. This is a simple carving that a beginner should be able to do easily.
Step 1: Items Needed
1. Piece of wood about 14x3x3/8. I used a slat of a pallet but any soft wood will be fine. 2. Pattern. I included one for you to use. 3. Bandsaw or coping saw 4. knife, V-tool needed and a gouge would be helpful. 5. Sandpaper. 6. Paints and brushes.
Step 2: Draw Pattern and Cut Out
Sand the wood fairly smooth and trace the pattern onto the wood then cut out. I used a band saw to do this. The band saw saves time but you can always use a coping saw for this. Then draw in the rest of the pattern lines with a pencil.
Step 3: Thin And Round Off Feather
Before you begin, ALWAYS use caution and never cut towards any body part including your hands, it is a good idea to use a carving glove. Plus, always cut with the grain of the wood, if you are cutting and the wood starts tearing you are going the wrong direction and need to cut from the other way. Use V-tool to make stop cut along quill on both sides, you want to go deep enough to make quill stand out good. I will take a few passes probably to get to the depth you want. Don't try and do it all with one pass, as it is harder to control when pushing down hard and unsafe. After the stop cut is done take knife or gouge and remove excess wood from the feather on both sides of the quill. Next you will want to round the feather off from quill to edge of feather.