Friday, July 26, 2013

Giving woodcarving a shot

And now for something completely different... For my dad's birthday, my daughter had a wonderful idea. He has a beautiful backyard that he calls "Weber Park". My daughter thought he should have a sign for it. My son just took a woodworking class and had bought this set of carving tools and I thought, how hard could it be to make a sign? So I bought a piece of basswood (very soft and easily carvable).

 The first step was to make a paper template and gently press the outline in the wood with a pen.
Here's the outline carved into the wood.

Then I just plugged away at carving out the surrounding wood little by little.

And the final product, with a few coats of marine varnish to finish it off! He has since hung it up in his yard - I'll post a picture when he sends it.