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Extract from Tiny Whittling • By Steve Tomashek • Published by Chicago Review Press


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50 mins

Carve a fox
If you’ve worked through the book in order, you should be gaining skill and confidence by now, ready to tackle some slightly more difficult figures. The fox has a few small, delicate features; these should be cut with the grain to make them as strong as possible. Therefore, make sure the grain is running vertically for this project. There’s a large chunk to remove at the outset, and you may want to use a saw to do this.

At the painting stage, the colors are mixed and stippled
to blend them together—at the top of the legs, for example. Practice this technique before attempting it on your carving; acrylics dry so fast that you won’t have much time to work
the paint.

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  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw the fox onto your sawn wood block. I’ve condensed the tail length slightly, but you can make it longer if you’d prefer.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 2
    Step 2

    Roughly carve out the edges of the figure, using bold paring cuts, and cut a large notch between the tail and the body.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 3
    Step 3

    Taper the tail and muzzle. Cut away the edges, using paring cuts to start to round out the fox’s body.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 4
    Step 4

    Shape the fox’s tail, using scooping and notching cuts to define the area where the tail meets the body and to give the tail its distinctive shape.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 5
    Step 5

    Rough out the head, paring 5 7 from the end of the muzzle to the tops of the ears. Looking
    straight on, the face is square.
    Cut off the angles so you finish up with more of an octagonal cone. Scoop out the front of the ears.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 6
    Step 6

    Separate the ears. Make
    notch cuts in the center of
    the ear section to create a
    gap between them. Be careful 6 8 not to go too deep or cut away
    too much.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 7
    Step 7

    At the front of the figure, make a large V cut with the
    tip of the blade to define the space between the legs. Repeat this on both sides, and also on the underside of the fox, as you did in previous projects. Remember to draw on the footprints as a guide.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 8
    Step 8

    Narrow the face and back. Make scooping cuts around the muzzle and long, smooth cuts from the tail end to
    the tips of the ears, being careful not to remove the ears themselves. There’s also a lot of material to remove between the haunches and the head.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 9
    Step 9

    Expand the gaps between the legs, digging with the tip of the knife. This is probably the most difficult part—make sure you don’t pry into the wood, or you might break the end of the blade. Working from the bottom, start with notch cuts, then expand the notch and start shaving out the gap.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 10
    Step 10

    Define the paws by cutting in from the front first and then slicing down to meet that initial cut. Maintain control so you don’t cut off the paw at the end of the cut. If you find it easier, for the front paws, you can first make a scooping cut down, then make some small notch cuts to define the angle of the paw.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 11
    Step 11

    The ears are still square at this stage and need to be more pointed. Carefully make some small paring cuts until you’re happy with the shape. Look around the piece and see what else needs to be done. At the bottom of the tail, you can use notching cuts to clean up the edges; everywhere else, use simple paring cuts.

  • How to sculpt a wood model. Fox - Step 12
    Step 12

    The muzzle is one of the fox’s most important identifying features, so make scooping cuts under the chin and as many small paring cuts as necessary to make your figure as foxy as it can be. Make sure all the transitions are smooth. Finish with fine sandpaper, but go easy, because you
    can take off a lot of material quickly on such a small piece. Drill a hole for your toothpick, and you’re ready to paint.

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kimberly.hodges.5059 · Maumelle, Arkansas, US · 2 projects
wish I knew how to do this!!!:,(
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That's so cute Happy

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