Carving a Christmas Bell

2017-07-03T17:01:31-04:00 December 9th, 2015|

This is an introduction to "Carving a Christmas Bell."

These hand-carved ornaments seem to be pretty popular, so let's continue with a little bell and ribbon! This is another one you can do a lot with for decorating whether it's stained or painted. It would even look nice as bare wood for natural, rustic look on your Christmas tree.

  • Lesson Contents: single episode; template, tool list, and photo
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Size: 3-1/4"w x 4-1/2"h x 7/8"d
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #1, 18mm; #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #4, 14mm; #4, 18mm; #5, 14mm
  • Skill Level: Basic/Intermediate
  • Casting Available: Having a 3-D reference is tremendously helpful and allows you to get an accurate assessment of the carving's size, shape, and depth.
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  1. nicholas yearwood January 4, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I’m learning. Lot its a educational experience

  2. Jon Millenson January 4, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Many of your projects are “do-able” for me and I enjoy trying to do them and learning from them. However, I have one problem: I have only 15 Pfeil tools and at $35- $65 each I can’t afford to buy any more. They include 8 gouges, 4 chisels, one v-tool and 2 knives.

    • Mary May January 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Hello Jon,
      You should be able to do many of the lessons with a small amount of tools. As you will probably notice on the videos, I usually only use from 5 to 8 gouges. And only the real complex ones I use more. Even if you don’t have the exact gouges that match, you can usually substitute some.

  3. Ted Reischl June 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I just carved this project. It was a lot of fun and a good learning experience. These videos are great. I like that we can actually watch Mary work and see how she does things. I have had a carving set for quite some time and I only have a couple of fishtail gouges, but that is no big deal. The important thing is that she shows the process, explains her thinking and we get to see it.

    BTW, I may love it, but. . . . now my better half wants quite a few more and of different sizes. After a half dozen or so of these I should be pretty good at them,

    • MaryMay June 6, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Ted,

      Ahhh… the pressure is on now! For next Christmas you can decorate your Christmas tree with a variety of Christmas bells! You still have 6 months…

      Glad you are enjoying the lessons!

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