Wood carving activities not only build a platform for parents and children to interact with each other but also through manual practice to teach and enjoy. Hey, I fell in love with this knight when I saw pictures of it online last week! Now I’ve finally decided to share my sculpting process.
Step1: Selection of material
Pick a piece of wood of suitable size, material: boxwood. I chose it because it has the right hardness and can be carved with more details. Poplar wood has a fine grain, and the longer the color is deeper, especially ancient and elegant. I chose a cut of the finest boxwood.
Step2: Rough Cutting
I used a planer to roughly plane out a datum plane. You can be bold and casual, you know. Next, I used a black carbon pen to draw an outline drawing of the knight on its surface. Finally, the large shape was worked out using a saw and an axe. Don’t worry! This is just the general shape. You don’t have to care about too many details!
I will start by carving simple shapes along the drawn outlines. For the details, it’s the turn of the pneumatic engraver. I’ll use it to carve out the character’s facial expressions, funny body movements, and the shape of a strong boar along the lines I’ve drawn beforehand.
Step4: Sanding and Finishing
By the time you get to this step, you can basically see what the rider will look like! Congratulations! But don’t be happy yet! Because the surface of your work is still quite rough. It’s important to sand it to make it smoother. I recommend using sandpaper from 80 grit all the way up to 600 grit. You need to take your time with sanding, which is especially patient. During the sanding process, if you find any deficiencies you will also need to refine them with an engraving knife. That way it will be considered perfect!
Be sure to pay attention! Although this step is easily overlooked by newbies, oiling is key to ensuring your piece is beautiful and long-lasting! On the one hand, oiling your works can play a role in protecting the wood carving, and on the other hand, it makes the wood carving more shiny.
Ok, so now, let’s have a look at the knight carved with boxwood!
Engraving with children allows them to use their imagination in laughter and laughter. Feel the charm of different traditional cultures in hands-on practice.