Carving a Country Scene

2017-04-08T23:35:35-04:00 May 18th, 2016|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Country Scene."

This three episode lesson shows how to carve a country scene in low relief. Learn to trick the eye with perspective and create the illusion of acres of land at a depth of no more than 3/16" of wood.

  • Lesson Contents: 3 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Mahogany
  • Size: 12"w x 8"h
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #1, 10mm; #1, 18mm; #3, 3mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #3, 18mm; #5, 8mm; #7, 6mm; #7, 14mm
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
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  1. nicholas yearwood July 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply


    • Mary May July 12, 2016 at 9:33 pm - Reply


      • David August 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

        Can you use this information if you use palm tools? I have always admired your work and your attitude while teaching but I do not have the same type gouges etc. that you use.

        • Mary May August 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm - Reply

          Yes, palm gouges will work also. I generally recommend using the longer handled gouges for better control and safety. I would suggest purchasing one or 2 long handles tools just to feel the difference, but all of the lessons can be done with palm gouges also – as long as the curvatures match. But please be careful! I see more blood from using those!

  2. Mike Eifert March 20, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed this lesson and carving scenes like this country barn is something I want to do more. I have one problem. Where I live there is only one wood carving supply store and they have a somewhat limited stock of wood. Especially when it comes to widths. Your template for this lesson suggest a 10″ wide piece of mahogany. The only thing they had in this width is basswood. Worked fine, however, next time I would like to use a richer grain wood like the mahogany you used. Can you recommend somewhere (online?) that is reputable and has a good selection of wood varieties?

    • Mary May March 20, 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Hello Mike,
      I know there are online wood suppliers, but will need to do some research. Does anyone out there have any suggestions? Please comment if you do.


      • Mike Eifert March 20, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

        I have found one supplier, Wood Wind Hardwood. Very nice people but they do not appear to deal with smaller orders. I put in an order for two pieces, one cherry and one mahogany both 12″x8″ and never heard back from them.

        • Mary May March 21, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

          Hi Mike,
          That is pretty typical. Your best bet is purchasing from an actual supplier to woodcarvers, as they are used to dealing with smaller orders.

          I suggest making friends with a local furniture maker. They always have small scrap pieces that they won’t be able to use, but are perfect for carving.

          Happy shopping!

    • John Sebok January 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Hey Mike, try they have a great selection of different types of wood and the delivery is very cheap.

    • Dawn Cygiel June 11, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Ocooch hardwood would have what you are looking for

  3. Dawn Cygiel January 18, 2020 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Mary I am having some problems finding #1 10mm, #1 18mm, #3 18mm, and #5 8mm… I did buy all the carving sets from chipping away. Can you point me where I can get these? Thank you

    • MaryMay January 19, 2020 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn,
      I tried to make those 3 sets from Chipping Away cover most of the carving projects, but there are always those that vary slightly as I worked through projects. You could substitute the #1,10mm and #1, 18mm with other flat chisels, like the #1, 14mm and the #1, 20mm (Found in the Additional Set 1 & 2). The #1, 14mm is the most common one I use. The #3, 18mm is also very close to the #2, 18mm which is in the second set of tools (Additional Set 1). The #5, 8mm can be substituted for the #6, 8mm that is in the Additional Set 2.

      One thing you will realize as you work through projects is that the tools do not necessarily need to be exact. If I were to carve the exact same project next week, I would probably not use the exact same tools from one time to the next.

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