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Old 03-27-2012, 07:19 PM
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I like to draw with an HB pencil on 11" x 17" copy paper. Buy a whole package.
1. Next count out 50 sheets and draw a fairly careful center line on each. Of the most recent batch, I have 9 left.
2. If I need bigger paper, I have a cheap Crownline Paper Table Cover = roll is 36" wide by 100' long.
3. Use Google Images to find thousands of pictures of whatever interests me. When I click on a thumbnail, I get to the website of origin. On the RH side of my computer screen, I see Full Size Picture. If I click on that, I get the picture by itself and I can print that.
4. Draw a center line on the picture. Start measuring off significant items in the picture and transfer that, scaled up, to my paper.
5. This example will be a halibut-shaped serving tray that I'll need this summer for a house-warming gift.
6. The fish has to fit on 13" x 23.5" x 1" birch. I scaled the fish up and somehow got a 24.5" drawing! Oh well. Notice how much space is fins and tail. Not useful dish space.
7. I liked the head so I cut that off drawing #1 and taped it onto page #2. Taped drawing #1 to a window and traced much smaller fins.
8. I make different design ideas in color pencil. Orange is always cutting instruction.
9. When I was satisfied with the shapes I saw, I used regular carbon paper to transfer the drawing to the wood.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:31 PM
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Here's another example, soon to be a Green Sea Turtle.
1. Google images found many thousands of images. I got lucky and found drawings as I knew the top and bottom patterns are really different.
2. Same paper, same method as for the Halibut serving dish WIP.
3. I knew I'd have to carve the head and neck as a separate piece so I have two going and I'll pick the one I like best.
4. Western Red Cedar log shell, about 16" x 16" x 4" thick. Skinned off the sapwood, hogged out the core rot. Probably the very best piece of WRC that I have ever carved. So nice, I'm not sure I want to put any paint or stain on it.
5. Did quite a bit of the carving before I finally cut away (by hand) the waste around the body & legs. The very last carving work of all will be to thin the leg fins. Why? As they are downswept, they support the turtle when right side up.
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Nice tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to post it.

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Thanks Claude. Hope I'm giving something back. I set these aside to get the Frog Dish, the Fish and the Humpback whale done and posted.
Turtle pic #2: At this point, I drilled 1/8" holes right through the block close to the points/corners where the legs meet the body. Flipping it over, the drawing for the underside registered beautifully. The holes made good stop cuts when I hand cut away the waste with a coping saw. This is a piece that I really want to see finished.
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Thank you for this, very informative and good direction for one who is just starting and mostly confused. Appreciate your time and expertise. Great Turtle, maybe one day I can.
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The drawings of the top, bottom, legs & head of a Green Sea Turtle turned up in several places. Search Wikipedia for GST and you will find the drawings that I used. Every time you carve off a part of the centerline on the wood, replace it. The turtle shell anatomy helps a lot. If anything, bigger would be better. The shapes are simple. If I can find a piece of WRC log, 24" x 24" x 6" thick, I'll do another one. WRC doesn't hold detail so I can happily ignore all the bumpy things on the fins, head & neck!
In the last pic, you can see my two turtle heads. Notice the 3/8" holes at one end of each piece? I carved both of those on my no-clamp peg board and they were quick. 4 holes and I rolled the wood left, right, top & bottom. Those are pieces that I split out of WRC logs.

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