On Sunday February 27th a Hands-On Workshop was held at Rick Stone's Shop. Two projects were offered to the participants. The first was a 7-1/2" diameter cherry disc to carve 3-D Leaves on. The second was a 4" square cherry tile. (See photos of projects carved by Sammy.)
Cherry Disc w/ 3 leaves Sample Tiles #1 Sample Tiles #2
Participants used high speed rotary carvers and each workstation had high speed carving bits, sandbag to hold their piece while carving, templet materials, copies of leaves to trace, an exact-o knife, & pencil to trace pattern on their blank canvas (wood).
The following is a pictorial primer on the process.
ONE - Layout leaf pattern on the wood canvas to be carved.
Bob Hobbs & Bill Smith working on leaves template
TWO - Trace the leaves on the wood canvas
Kirk Smith & Bill Bleau laying out and tracing pattern on wood canvas
THREE - Carve the outline of the leaf onto the wood canvas
Bill & Kirk Smith, Barry Barkley, and Karl Loblien carving outline of leaf
FOUR - Cut background (negative space) so leaf appears above background
Paul Sherman, Kirk Smith, and Bill Bleau cutting away the negative space (background)
FIVE - Carve the face of the leaf giving depth and movement to the leaf
Doug Woodward, Bill Blue, & Sammy Long carving leaves
SIX - Draw and carve the stem (no photos)
SEVEN - Embellish the negative space (background)
The negative space can be removed, carved, or burned
EIGHT - Refine and smooth leaf surface and coat with Heritage Danish Oil (no photo)
Sammy Long's MSWG Class of 2022 Wood Carvers