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Old 03-01-2007, 12:04 AM
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Hi, My name is Jeral & this is my first post!

I'm looking for patterns or tutorials for Wood Spirit Carving. I've been trying to copy from existing wood spirits, but I keep messing up, especially the nose & eyes. Any help would be great! Thanks
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I would suggest you check out this tutorial and then for eyes anyone of the fourm tutorials they are all excellent. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.co...lief-wip-9017/

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I think there is some very good instructional videos here:
http://darkwood-woodcarving.com/free...ng_Lessons.htm

This is a very good place to get you started.
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Here's another one:
http://www.carvingpatterns.com/wooda...s/instruc3.htm
click on the different pages.

I'm also new to this, one book I recently bought is How To Carve A Woodspirit In A Hiking Stick by Skylar Johnson. Basic straightforward instruction, lots of pictures.
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welcome to the carving world,great info and people here,search the past post for help and your problems aren't just for you most do have eye and nose problems main thing is practice and then practice then practice..practice ...... main thing have fun!!
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Allen Goodman just made a DVD on carving them - I believe you can get them from Smoky Mountain Woodcarving. He has a distinctive style.

Here's a link:

http://www.woodcarvers.com/vi031.htm

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I just purchased Allen's video and it is great.
www.woodcarvers.com It is so new it is not in the catalog. I happened to be in the store on vacation and saw it.

Highly recommended.
Allen also has a study stick with instructions that helps.
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How To Carve A Woodspirit In A Hiking Stick by Skylar Johnson is a great book but it has one very big draw back. It's in B&W and the photographs often do not have enough definition to tell exactly where to carve or how deep.

I like to carve wood spirits in cane staffs and have spent a lot of time on the Internet researching patterns and tutorials.

1. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.co...lbillyhead.pdf The entire article is living color was featured in the Summer 2003 edition of Woodcarving Illustrated. Excellent photographs

2. http://darkwood-woodcarving.com/Book...sson%20101.pdf Some pictures and diagrams. Very instructional.

3. http://www.oldjoe.org/KeyChainSpirit.html Simple but effective

4. http://www.geocities.com/dfoxcarving/woodspirits.html Again, simple with lots of diagrams
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Check out a members work Colin Partidge's.He does wood spirits on a large scale.
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Welcome aboard Jeral. This is a great place to get information and chat carving.

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