Environmental factors: lessens the demand for cut and
milled trees and promotes creation, rather than destruction.
Cost efficiency: usually free or can be bought for a minimal
Sentiment and tradition: consider using a piece of wood
from a special family Christmas tree, a family homestead
or an historic location to give the sculpture added meaning
Creative considerations: incorporating the wood's natural
twists and turns into your project means nature has done
some of the design for you. Texture is easily achieved
by simply leaving some of the natural bark area exposed.
Insects may have left interesting trails and holes behind;
these patterns can be incorporated into your design and
may inspire eye placement, feathering, etc.
good for debarking
Lancelot Woodcarver: a chainsaw-toothed disk that fits
on an angle grinder; good for roughing out large areas
of the design.
Grinder: for debarking. Also used for detailed intaglio
style designs (etched areas).
Dremel® tool with variable speeds and multiple bits: used
for fine work and details such as fur, eyes, etc.
Sandpaper: from coarse 60 grit, to the finest 320 grit.
Sanding is an integral step in achieving a favorable result.
Double-boiled linseed oil and Watco® Danish oil: I find
I get good results using these for finishing indoor pieces;
however, finish is a personal decision.
Outdoor sealer with UV and mold protection for finishing
and protecting outdoor pieces.