Carving is something that is an intensely personal art that is done with the use of a small instrument held in the hand or at best with a chisel and hammer. In this article, we are going to be looking at very small wood carvings which though small in size, can pack a really big punch. By now we are sure that you must have given over to your instinct and looked at the images we have posted along with this article. Wood carving or as some call it whittling is not easy but there is something soothing about the process that draws us to it. Yes, there are other forms of carving like the art of carving fruits and vegetables, which though fun is not something that has a long shelf life, which can put you off this project. But if you want to have some practice and control over the way you hold and wield the knife or carving tool, then you can do some vegetable carving to get going.
Once you feel that you have mastered the art of fruit and vegetable carving, you can probably move on to the art of soap carving, which is perfect for beginners. Soap is firm enough to hold its shape for a longer time but it is also soft enough for you to carve without using that much force and it helps that it has a longer shelf life than fruits and vegetables. Before you move on to wood carvings, do some research about the kinds of wood that you should start with so that your art project meets with some success. And also make an effort to learn some interesting facts about wood carvings so that you can apply these to your art.
Far-Fetched Small Wood Carving Projects
But we would like to bring to your notice that in this article we are talking about far fetched and small wood carving projects, with far fetched and small being the operative words. Which in essence means that the project you pick up will not be run of the mill or ordinary as that is not what the term far fetched means and the smaller size would mean even more intricate work. And believe us when we tell you that small pieces of wood carving can be very difficult to handle and do. This is because your each movement with the tool you use for carving will affect the carving you are making. This is why you will have to learn how to make small and controlled movements to ensure that the carvings turn out the way they are supposed to.
We suggest that to start with pick out a project that is small and simple. For instance, a cup holder or a small round, which while requiring a lot of painstaking effort may not require much in the way of intricate or delicate work. It is only when you have mastered the art of chiseling and whittling small shapes from pieces of wood and also learn to polish the shape you have made smooth, should you move on to other intricate and delicate pieces. You will learn about patience and perseverance by working on such shapes in wood and you will not only learn to enjoy the end results but glory in the soothing nature of the process.
Once you have mastered these basic shapes by creating them with your own hands, you should start moving on to slightly more complex projects. Once again, you have to understand that the first few pieces can be a bit difficult to do since they are going to be small but they will still be worth the effort.
You will soon see that pieces of wood that you pick out for carving will talk to you and even tell you what you can make out of them. Once you reach this stage, you can think of colors and intricate shapes and textures in your wood carving projects.