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
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.
Nice work!
Awesome, how lond did this take from start to finish
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
wouldn't have guest it was wood from the first photo
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
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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