wood spirit carving with Lora Irish

Wood Spirit Carving, Establishing the Slope of the Nose

Step 7 Create the slope of the nose ridge.

creating the slope of the nose of a wood spirit wood carvingNext, let’s free the nose from the face and establish the slope of the nose ridge by making a push cut from the center point of the nose towards the nose bridge. Work this slope until it meets the deepest point in the nose bridge wedge.

 

 

 

 

creating the slope of the nose of a wood spirit wood carvingWork a small two-sided wedge at the bottom of the nose to free this area from the mouth and mustache area.

 

 

 

 

Step 8 Clean the slope cut at the nose bridge.

creating the slope of the nose of a wood spirit wood carvingFlip the block over and cut the slope or bottom nose chip free.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9 Cut along the bottom edge of the nose.

sloping the nose of a wood spiritYour wood spirit now has an established nose angle that runs through the center of the corner edge.

 

 

 

 

 

sloping the nose of a wood spiritCut a slight angle to the bottom of the nose ball, cutting towards the mouth wedge. This area will have two angles – one for the bottom of the nose, and one steeper angle for the top of the mouth.

 

 

 

 

sloping the nose of a wood spiritOur nose now has a distinct nose bridge, a slope that starts at the center of the nose and tapers to the bridge, an angled wedge at the bottom of the nose, and a second wedge which establishes the top of the mouth or mustache.

 

 

 

 

Step 10 Creating the flair of the mustache area.

Cutting the slope of a wood spirits mustacheThis is just my opinion – but one of the greatest assets of a wood spirit is his wild, uncontrolled beard and mustache. So I am going to set my mustache just below the bottom of the nose. This is done be slicing from below the mouth wedge in a long, sloped cut into that wedge.

 

 

 

Cutting the slope of a wood spirits mustacheSince a mustache flare out and away from the face the farther it grows from the nose, I want that same flair in this early cut.

 

 

 

 

 

Cutting the slope of a wood spirits mustacheOnce the slope is made I can remove the extra wood along the corner edge below the mustache flair. We now have a very, early rough idea of where the nose will be and how the nose will angle down the face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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