# 25 Wood Carving: The process – raw wood to Father Christmas/Santa gifts REVISITED
A few weeks ago you saw pictures of some Father Christmas carvings begun. At that time there was a promise to share progress.
But before I go any farther let me give credit where credit is due. The idea for this carving is not mine. The original pattern is from Mike Bloomquist. I have included his web site address here. The pattern, some great pictures and explanation are found in Carving Magazine, Issue #32, Holiday 2010, page 16. I am anticipating Mike’s painting techniques in a later issue.
The pictures included in the post are of my carvings. The first picture is of several carvings in various stages of completion. I also tried several different sizes to see what effect the carving
technique would have. Everyone who sees them responds to different ones. Some like the short, wide version and other like the tall, thinner ones. I prefer the wide, squat figures.
You will notice that I have many carvings ready to paint. One tip for new carvers is to carve several pieces and then paint them all at once. Here I will paint mix up the colors I want for the faces and paint all of them at once. Then I will paint in all the robe colors if there is going to be any variation. Finally I will add all the trim colors.
Included here is a picture of the various stages a carving will go through. Left rear is our “rough out” or “blank.” You can see the lines drawn on it to give an idea of the carvings layout. (Thanks to my friend April for helping with some of the cut outs for the group meeting at my house bi-weekly) Next, rear right, is the initial cuts, “hogging off” or “wasting” to get rid of some of the wood for a basic
shape. The third stage is front right. It has the major areas all set in place and has a few of the details added. Front left is a completed carving. All the details are now in place. One more step before carving will be to wash the piece, if I am going to use acrylic paints. As suggested by Phil and Vicki Bishop, I use
a solution of Simple Green to clean dirt, hand oil, pencil lines off the carving. And finally, in the center, is a carving which I have begun to paint.
If you looked closely at the painted carving you will notice some smudges of red on the trim. This is my first attempt at painting with oil. I need a spike on which to rest the carving so that my hands can be
freeto control paint and avoid smudges. I was impatient to try the oil. It will cost me time to correct.
I will show some of the completed carvings in a later post. Perhaps you have some suggestions for color? Any suggestions for decoration of the robes? Let me know what you think.
John 20:31 (New International Version)
“But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”