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Handcarving a Realistic Squirrel

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Woodburned details and dry brushing bring this cute critter to life

Love him or hate him, the mischievous squirrel is one of the world's best-known animals. In the Fall 2010 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated, Leah Goddard shared instructions for carving a classically posed squirrel holding an acorn.

Leah notes that carvers can easily alter the pattern to make it look like your local or favorite species of squirrel. If you prefer, you can easily transform the pattern into a stylized carving by omitting the texturing and woodburning steps.

You'll find the pattern and full step-by-step instructions in the Fall 2010 issue of Woodcarving Illustrated (Issue 52).

Click here to see a 3-D interactive model of the Realistic Squirrel.

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