The Process of Carving a Leaf

Some types of wood carving or sculpture require years of practice and loads of talent. Yet, aspiring artists need a place to start...a place to see if carving might be a suitable avocation. The image gallery below shows the simple steps I made using two primary tools: A jig saw to cut the pattern and a "hooked skew" carving knife. The knife shown is homemade from a bandsaw blade, but commercial models are readily available. It is one of the most versatile tools I have.

I grew up on a farm in Hickman County, TN, that has been in our family for well over 100 years. After my career with USDA, I retired here in 2002--glad to be home. I have about 15 acres of grass to mow plus 100 acres of forest. I manage my trees. I favor my stand of high quality white oak. I convert wind-blown trees into firewood to heat my house. I have open areas that give habitat to deer and wild turkeys. Sometimes I gain a little income as I weed and cull my trees before making a major harvest some day.

Several years ago, I found a large Butternut Walnut that had matured. I had it sawed into slabs, and I saved the major limbs. It has been a convenient source of great wood for carving and sculpting. I have a couple of slide shows below that illustrate my carving process with some handmade tools. I have a good assortment of commercial tools, but my favorite tools are those I've made from a sawmill bandsaw blade.

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