This is an Iron Man head I carved out of balsa. From chin to crown, it is about 145 mm tall, and about 90 mm wide at the widest part. It weighs about 150 g (a little over 5 oz.).

Step 1: Balsa block glue-up

I purchased blocks of balsa from a craft store and glued them all together as shown with wood glue. The individual blocks were approximately 3" x 5" x 1.5". When the glue was cured, the large resulting block was trimmed so the final dimensions were 6" x 5" x 3.5".

I made a side-view template of Iron Man's helmet by tracing a side photo of an Iron Man toy using basic drawing tools on my computer. I've included a PDF of that template just in case you are so inclined to make one of these.
when i say dremel,i mean using the sanding and saw attachments
Sure, you could use power tools for this.
though it would defeat the purpose of "hand carved", could you make this with a dremel?
Hey! Nice job ;) <br>I was wondering what sandpaper grits you used.
GREAT JOB FOR SOMETHING CARVED OUT OF WOOD!!!! might i make a suggestion though? carve out a midsize hole into the bottom, then carve out the eyes, place some icey blue plastic into the eyeholes and fit some LEDs into the head, would make something sick into REALLY SICK
Thanks! The LED idea crossed my mind. Might still be an option. We'll see!
well it would be very sick (though you will need the plastic sheets to fit inside the eyes to give it that seemless look) you mentioned a larger project, any hints?
Yes, step 11.
But put the rockets in the head and in the body, so when the rockets from the body are used up, the head will activate and fly off<br> <br> I would watch that.
Nice work!
Awesome, how lond did this take from start to finish
I think I worked on it off and on over the course of a few weeks. It wasn't a one-nighter, that's for sure!
Neat, i just watched iron man 2<br>
Good conversation piece, better than a ship in a bottle on the mantle.
is it life size
Nope. It's about 145 mm tall, and about 90 mm wide.
wouldn't have guest it was wood from the first photo
so you are making an Iron Man rocket, awesome please add a video or the launch when you finish it
Absolutely amazing! Great job.
Nice work!&nbsp;&nbsp; The finished product is beautiful!<br> <br> <br> And it would make a nice adaptation to other characters as well...<br> I can already hear the Xbox fanboys screaming...&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Master-Chief...&nbsp;<br> Master-Chief... :D<br>

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