Carving & Sculpture
The pictures above show: Past President Keith Houston with ‘bird’ (left); A carving featured on the merry-go-round in Civic that was carefully restored by Canberra carvers including members of the Guild (centre); and member Barry Newton working on a rocking horse (right).
Woodcarving includes techniques such as in-the-round, high and low relief carving, incised carving, chip carving, whittling, lettering, woodcut and wood engraving, pattern making, chain-saw carving, and sculpture. The carving may stand alone or be an embellishment on other wood products, such as furniture or bowls.
There are a huge range of applications that you can try. The variety in the tools is greater than other woodworking disciplines and properly sharpened tools are essential. The choice of timber, and thus the understanding of the properties of timber, is also critical.
The SIG has a good range of carving tools available and books on carving may be borrowed from the Guild’s library and from the SIG’s own library of books, magazines and selected articles. Carving and sharpening workshops are held at the Guild. If you would like to try any aspect of woodcarving, other members are there to help get you started.