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Old 10-04-2011, 08:55 PM
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Default Hand Carved Wooden Santa Ornament Tutorial

Its almost Christmas time again and its time to start thinking about decorating the tree soon and what gifts you need to get to your loved ones. An awesome wood carving project that even the beginner can have fun completing, is a hand carved Santa Ornament. These really fun wood carved ornaments can be completed with just a small cylinder piece of wood (2 long and 1 diameter), a carving knife and a small v-tool. They make great ornaments to hang on your own tree or to give as gifts for your loved ones trees. Trust me, you will be asked to carve more when you start handing these things out.
Safety is very important, so to start off this simple project, make sure your wood carving knife is sharp and you have your carving glove ready. Your first step is to mark a ring around the wood about 1/3 from the top of the block. Now draw in a line about a 1/4 above the previous line. Now with your v-tool, create a small separation around the wood that removes the lines that you just drew. When this is completed, it should look like this (click on images for larger view):




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Now using your wood carving knife, run the knife around the separation that you just made to complete a solid stop cut. After the stop cut is completed, remove some wood into the stop cut from above the top line and below the bottom line to form the rim of the hat like this (click on images for larger view):




Its now time to form the hat, by removing wood from the rim of the hat up to a point. When you are done with this step, it will look like this (click on images for larger view):


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The next step is to make the ball on the top of Santas hat. To do this, make a stop cut around the hat about a 1/4 from the tip of that hat and then cut into the stop cut from below. After this is done, make a slight downward cut into the stop cut area to round the bottom the ball slightly. You can now round the top edge of the ball at an angle to complete the ball like this (click on images for larger view):




Now draw an elongated U shape from the hat brim down into the facial area for the nose. Now make a stop cut along the line and remove the wood from the sides and underneath the nose. This step will leave the nose sticking out of the face (click on images for larger view) .


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The mustache is the next step and is completed by marking in the mustache outline and making a stop cut along the line. Remove the wood from around the mustache to allow it to stick out from the face like this (click on images for larger view):




Now mark a line that will make the cheeks and that looks like an L on the right side of the face as you are looking at the face. Mark the line from the edge of the nose just above the mustache and end up at the hat brim. Now make a stop cut along the line and then remove the wood outside the stop cut. To add some extra depth, you can come back and carve a slight angle off the cheeks into the stop cut. Once one side is done, do the mirror image or reverse on the other side. After this step, the Santa Ornament should look like this (click on images for larger view):


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Now you can round the bottom of the ornament to eliminate the hard cut at the bottom. You can also use your knife to shave a slight angle off of the top and bottom of the hat brim to soften the brim some. Also, make a small triangle cut beside the nose up to the hat brim to form the eyes. This triangle cut will catch a shadow and look like he has eyes. This will result in something like this (click on images for larger view):


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Now using your small v-tool, give the mustache some texture and then do the same for the beard. This Santa doesnt have a mouth other than the separation of the mustache from the beard. The completed Santa Ornament before painting will look like this (click on images for larger view):




Here is an example of the painting that you can do to finish off the Santa Ornament Project and add visual appeal to the project (click on images for larger view):




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Excellent Tutorial. This should get the troups crackin.
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Cool thanks im off to carve one right now.
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Thank you for posting this tutorial TEN, I thought it was very well written and the pictures help too. Having never done any santa carvings before it was the perfect tutorial to ease me into the Christmas carving sene. I hope all the beginners out there have a go at carving some of these as they are fun to do.

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Hey Ten, You gave me a way to make use of my "scraps".(I never throw anything away). When I do a cane or stick out of Poplar I always have a piece 12-18" long and 1.5-2" in diameter. Guess what's going to happen to them???? Thanks for the tutorial.

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