Wooden Eagle Relief Carving

About: I'm a student at Harvey Mudd College in CA who loves to play sports and to run, and I always like to play a good game of Ultimate Frisbee. I was a scout, so I greatly enjoy camping, tying knots, cooking over...

This is a relief carving of a young eagle that I made in my woodcarving class. It is roughly based off of a design in the Marine Carving Handbook, but I altered it to make it without the arrows or the ribbon, because this was one of my first projects. I used a variety of carving chisels but I mostly used  #2 and #3 chisels, along with a sharp skew chisel and a v-tool. I made it using basswood, because it is so forgiving. I used a linseed oil finish on it, because I hate the nasty fumes from most normal finishes. Also I planed off the edges of the wood with a box plane to make it less sharp. This project took me about 40 hours, but an experienced carver could maybe do it in less than 1/4 that time. Hope you like it!



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    It's fantastic. I made my first relief carving today, yours has put me to shame :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Pandadude, you should be very proud of this piece. You sound like an outstanding young man. I'm glad you're from my state. By what I have read and seen, I am assured you will do very well with whatever you try. Great job, well done indeed.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I once carved out a wooden bowl from a block in cherrywood, I think you did a great job, keep it up!! BTW, you got one of my votes :)