Carving a Green Man

2017-04-08T23:54:17-04:00 September 16th, 2015|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Green Man."

This lesson teaches you how to carve the face of a Green Man. This is one of my original designs for a decorative element that has roots into medieval times and beyond.

  • Lesson Contents: 3 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Butternut
  • Size: 7-3/8"w x 7-3/4"h x 1"thick
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #1, 14mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 6mm; #7, 8mm; #7, 10mm; #7, 14mm; #11, 5mm
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • BONUS Episode: Enjoy a fourth episode showing how to redesign an expression by changing the eyes.
= More Lessons at the Advanced Skill Level =


  1. Richard Colbran November 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    I have enjoyed looking at your fine gallery,and the story of how you became interested in carving.
    I wonder whether you have read “The Lost Carving- A Journey to the Heart of Making” by David Esterly, which is in some ways a parallel story to your own career, and a fascinating mine of information to all who carve. Highly recommended, if you have not come across it!
    You might also enjoy having a look at the Lancashire and Cheshire Woodcarvers website, with a gallery of our carvings, including some of my own.

    • MaryMay November 14, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Richard,
      I have that book by David Esterly and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. He’s not only an amazing carver, but he writes beautifully also. Many times throughout the book I said to myself “Yes… like he said”, but me not able to find the wonderfully descriptive words that he does.

  2. ronnie marshall November 8, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Yes just reading Esterleys book engrossing ,not only about carving but life itself ,

    • MaryMay November 15, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      A beautiful book.

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