easy to Carve Horse Caricature
Sample a Wood Carving Project by Desiree Hajny, Author of Carving & Painting Adorable Animals in Wood
I believe you should carve what you’re passionate about. For me, that has been wildlife. I did caricature carving for a while, and I have applied what I’ve learned through caricature carving to the carvings I produce now. I often slightly exaggerate each animal in some way. It may be in the face, a particular area of the body, or the feet. If I’m doing a baby cougar, maybe I will slightly exaggerate the size of its feet.
The below lovable horse wood carving is a great way to introduce others to carving. My rolling caricature carving patterns make great conversation starters. People can’t resist picking it up once they see them rolling down the table. They’re surprisingly easy to carve and after you get a feel for the technique, you’ll be able to create a whole herd in no time.
Below you will find a free wood carving pattern and tutorial by Desiree Hajny. If you like her work, check out her new book, Carving & Painting Adorable Animals in Wood.
WOOD CARVING MATERIALS & TOOLS:
• 2″ x 3″ x 3½ ” basswood
• Acrylic paint: black, white, and red
• Paintbrushes of choice
• 13mm #5 fishtail gouge
• 22mm #5 gouge
• 6mm #11 veiner
• 10mm 45º V-tool
• Detail knife
• Woodburner with fine tip (optional)
Carve adorable animal figurines that sit up on their own!
- 12 wood carving projects for a variety of playful animal figures that sit sturdily on a shelf
- Complete step-by-step wolf project, followed by 11 more animal designs that you can try on your own
- Realistic yet playful style captures the essence of an otter, panda, fox, raccoon, elephant, and more
- Hair tracts included for each project, along with the carving patterns and a color guide for painting
- Study boards for each project, with texturing, woodburning, and painting techniques you can practice
- Helpful tips and notes are provided throughout by author Desiree Hajny, plus a gallery of advanced works
Wood Carving a Horse Caricature: Roughing Out
1. CUT out the side view.
Transfer the side-view pattern to the blank. Then cut the side view with a bandsaw or coping saw. Transfer the top and bottom view patterns to the blank. Mark the areas to be removed.
3. Outline the details.
Draw in any detail lines that have been carved off using the pattern for reference. Follow the sketched lines to outline the details with a 10mm 45º V-tool.
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Wood Carving a Horse Caricature: SHAPING
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9. ShAPE THE SADDLE AREA.
Cut up to the saddle, using a 22mm #5 gouge. Round and shape the area evenly on both sides.
11. SHAPE THE EYE
Make a stop cut along the bottom part of the eye with a detail knife. Then round the eye with a detail knife.
Wood Carving a Horse Caricature: ADDING DETAILS
15. Round and shape the shoulders.
Use a 22mm #5 gouge and work on both sides to achieve a symmetrical appearance
When you’re done, don’t forget to share your carving with us on Facebook and Instagram by tagging @foxchapelpublishing.
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About the Author
Robert Triplett has been carving for most of his life. He retired from the U.S. Army after twenty-five years of service and later worked as a safety engineer at electrical power plants. Born and raised in Bedford County, Pa., Robert lives in Hummelstown, Pa.