Hello and welcome to my very first Instructable! Today I will show you how to make beautiful wood carving art works and will give you some tips.
Any type of wood Ex, cupboard door
First you need to find a board of any sort. For example I used a old cupboard door but I've even used plywood that I had just spray painted.
Step 1: Board and Image
First you need to find a board of any sort. For example I used an old cupboard door, butt you can use anything. Find the measurements of the area that you would like to carve on, it makes it easy to get your image to fit nicely. Find a image by searching clip art pictures, scroll saw patterns, or even tattoos use google search tools and choose 'color' then 'black and white'. I found a nice pattern of a hawk. Use an image editor like Gimp to make the picture the right size for the area then print it out.
Step 2: Pattern
Start by cutting out the pattern roughly and leaving about a centimetre around the pattern. Position the pattern so that it is centered and looks nice. Then put strips of tape around the edges without covering the pattern. I used painters tape but you can use any type of tape you want, butt I find painters tape the best.
Step 3: Work Station and Bits
Make sure when your working you have a comfortable place to work because art carving takes a lot of time and patience. When choosing you bits look at your art work and decide what bit will work best. Different woods need different bits so always test your bit on the wood first. Rectangular bits are good for sharp edges and long curves. Round bits are good for tight curves and small spaces. I usually use round bits.
Step 4: How to Start
When you are carving with a pattern you have to start in the middle of your pattern or else your paper will become to flimsy and fall off. Carve the outlines of all the sections then worry about the empty sections later.
Step 5: Last Carving
Your finished product is really up to you. I choose to leave all the sections empty and just keep the outlines. If you are not happy with the way your outlines came out you can always carve out all the sections like I did on the feet. For carving out complete sections I recommend a round bit or a stone polish bit.
Step 6: Finishing
To truly finish off your product you need some wood finish. I chose a dark finish because the background was already light and it helps the image stand out. I had used some shop towel and just rubbed it on and quickly wiped it off with a clean towel.
Step 7: Examples
Here are some examples of some art pieces. You can make anything from scenes to sayings. I have tons of art pieces and I wish I could share them all but thats all for today I hope you learned a lot. Thank You!