I thought for my first post of 2013 I would share the last thing I made in 2012. I spent my christmas eve making this little wooden owl.

I carved it from a White Poplar branch and finished it pretty inexpertly with Colron Refined Beeswax. Picking a darker wax brought out a lot of detail in the grain but I think overall it looks a bit grubby due to wax getting stuck in some of the crevices that I couldn’t sand properly.

Poplar isn’t a good wood for carving, it tears out really easily but I have to make do with whatever I can get my hands on. Having very sharp tools helps prevent the tearing but with poplar they would need to be super sharp. My tools are pretty sharp but it’s a skill that takes a long time to get really good at.

I’m happy with my Owl overall. I had a lot of fun making it and it was nice to be able to carve an animal as it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a while. I don’t do much proper carving in the round aside from making brooches so it was a good challenge. I think in 2013 I’ll try to do a few more pieces like this.

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