Welcome people! This is my first instructables so I hope I cover everything you need to get carving yourself a forest wood spirit... :)
Step 1: Tools Needed
A pocket knife
A marker pen (or pencil)
A piece of wood**
**this piece is birch wood
Draw your face!
I always start with the nose, get that central the add the eyebrows too fit.. And then the eyes! You can get creative with the beard :)
Start at the top and work down..
Remember you can always cut more wood off! You can't put it back on.. So take you time! You'll get there in the end :)
Using the tip of your knife. cut into and along the marked lines you have drawn around the nose and eyebrows then carve out the top using a stop cut.
Now carve out the eyes.. Take it layer by layer untill you reach the depth you want
Now clean off the bark to create the skin line of the face. The bark should just peel off in layers
Add cheek bones to give character
Peel off the bark on the eyebrows using the tip of your knife but leave the inner layer of bark to add colour
Peel off the bark on the nose down to the wood
And next cut out the mouth
Now for the beard! Cut down the line of the beard
Peel the bark off
Next peel the bark of the moustache!! And you are almost done..
Now just go over cleaning out and bitty pieces of wood in the corners along the edges
You can add extra detail by cutting lips under the mouth and between the moustache and beard
Marvel at your wonderful creation!!
Get creative.. Try out different beards and moustaches, angle the eyebrows to add emotion and character, different length noses! Just have fun and be safe while using a sharp knife
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