Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron. Relief carving. Maple burl. Finished with tung oil.

First prize at Central Fraser Valley Wood Carving Show, 2009. At this stage, I've just outlined a heron in the maple burl with a V-gouge. It doesn't look like much, but there are hints of some nice wood underneath.Here I've begun "bosting in," i.e., roughing out the carving. I've outlined and carved the surrounding surface away with 3/4 inch #3 gouge. You can see swirling grain a little better here.The heron after bosting in, a technical term for relief carving that means dropping the background down to the level you want it. I'm going to rough-carve the cattails down so they look like they're in the background, then I'll rough out the heron before I start with any of the detail work.Right now, I'm thinking "How the hang am I going to do the leaves??? This might be harder than I thought..." Oh well, I'll figure that out when I get there. The best part about wood carving is that if you don't like something or it won't work, you just carve it away!Great Blue Heron carving in maple burl.
Grant McMillan
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