Sunday, January 05, 2014

Developing A Character - Part 2 - Roughing Out

Developing A Character - Part 2- Roughing Out from Out West Woodcarving Videos on Vimeo.

In this part we start roughing out the head to get an idea of the shape we're after. I never noticed that my old Boy Scout moccasins would feature so prominently or that they were in the process of falling apart. I've had them for around 30 years and now keep them in the shop to wear after I kick off my muddy or snow covered boots. Guess I'll have to see if I can lace them back together. -


  1. I really like the roughing out see so much change quickly, it just seems to leap to life in your hands. Also, for me, roughout is where I see exactly how the figure is going to be finished. Will he have a big or small nose, small or large eyes, big or little ears, cocked eyebrows? All of the major landmarks are fluid until you get at the middle of roughout and you can change or adapt as you go. I understand about the old moccasins, comfortable clothes are harder to find than they used to be. I have slippers that are as bad, but they feel so good!

  2. I noticed in the first video of this new series there is a horse head on your desk. Can you tell us about that and someday do a video on carving something like that? Thanks Ginny