Wood Carving and Art

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Woodcarving is an age-old art. It has been used for many different reasons. It could be anything from decorating a home, honoring deity, or making a spoon to eat with. Many different cultures and ages have used woodcarving as an expression of art. It is an art form that requires a lot of skill and patience in order to do well.

There are many different forms and styles of woodcarving. Chip carving is used to chip away at the surface of the wood. Generally the patterns for these are based on geometric figures. Relief carving is often described as carving a picture into the wood. The process involves removing pieces from a flat block of wood so that its almost looks like the subject is rising up out of the material. Treen is a style of woodcarving in which the object isn’t as much a piece of art as it is something that is used in everyday life. Things like a spoon, plate or cabinet. Whittling is the next style of woodcarving. This is the art of carving something out of a raw piece of wood with only a knife.

I have always been very interested by the art of woodworking. I haven’t ever tried it because every other art medium that I have tried hasn’t turned out very well for me. I was not given the ability to be artistic by nature, although I wish that I had been. I have always wanted to try my hand at some form of woodcarving so when I found out that we were going to have to do an art project I knew right away what it was that I wanted to do. The first thing that I decided that I wanted to do was to whittle. I tried to think of an idea of what exactly I wanted to carve but I couldn’t think of anything so naturally I turned to Google. It took me a little while of searching and reading but I finally chose to carve a chain. It was something that would definitely challenge me but it was also something that I thought I would be able to do. I went out and bought a block of basswood and got to work. I had worked on the chain for 8-9 hours and it was coming along...
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