Picture of Making a wood block, ready for sculpting, from different species

Lately, I have been experimenting with different species of woods to see how a final piece would look by gluing different woods together before sculpting. If you do an image search on multilayered wood etc, you get a host of amazing stuff people have made - the bands of different wood species, with different colors and grain patterns can let you get really creative. So I thought I would share with you my process so far, in my own projects.

Firstly the images posted here are not even half done in terms of a finished product. But I found there can be a lot of work just to get to this point (actually, a whole long weekend's worth for two blocked out pieces), so this instructable will be showing how I came to this point, and what I need to have done to create a polished final look.

Essentially, the workflow is this;

  1. Decide on the size and general shape of the final piece, then, on the bandsaw, cut up each species of wood into slices, roughly to those dimensions.
  2. Sand each side to be glued flat.
  3. Stack the sanded pieces up and glue them.
  4. the rough block is ready to sculpt into the final form
I made these at Techshop!