Wooden Eagle Relief Carving

Introduction: Wooden Eagle Relief Carving

About: I'm a systems engineer who lives and works in Pasadena, CA. My work for JPL is now in space riding with astronauts (and measuring the constituent particles in astronaut's air) on the ISS! I am a 2018 graduat...

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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    7 Discussions

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

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    burnerjack01
    burnerjack01

    8 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.

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    poofrabbit
    poofrabbit

    8 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 :)