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Decorative Owl Because of its many round masses of feathers, an owl is an excellent subject to make using a wood with character.By "character" I mean a pronounced grain.Butternut is such a wood.It is easy to carve; has excellent colour; and has lovely grain (Editor's Note: for more information about the characteristics of Butternut see "Woods to Know" Issue #35).
No matter how a pattern is applied, the results will be interesting and unique.Besides demonstrating the merits of "character", this project demonstrates two major carving practices; the use of centerlines, and how to join two complex curved surfaces.
Start by drawing your owl's front and side views on a block of butternut approximately 6" high and 3 ½" square on the end.You can cut out your carving with a bandsaw.Nonetheless, since not every project you do will be this symmetrical, it is always good practice to use your gouges.
By doing so, you discover how well your gouges are sharpened and you begin to learn the specific nature of the wood you are carving.Everything Flows From the HeadFor most carving projects like this, it's good to start at the head and work down.
Because everything flows...