Carving a Lion Head

2017-04-08T23:27:42-04:00 August 3rd, 2016|

This is brief introduction to "Carving a Lion Head." When I have a break between classes and commissions, I try to get caught up on your requests and I know a lot of you will be excited about this lesson. This three episode lesson is based on a casting of a piece created by a brilliant and versatile artisan, my late father-in-law, David May.

  • Lesson Contents: 3 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Butternut
  • Size: 8-3/4"w x 9"h x 4"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #3, 3mm; #3, 14mm; #5, 8mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 3mm; #7, 8mm; #7, 14mm; #7, 25mm; #8, 6mm; #10, 5mm
  • Skill Level: Advanced
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  1. Ernest Miron August 4, 2016 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Mary, may I ask you how long did it take to complete this awesome project?

    • Mary May August 4, 2016 at 8:37 am - Reply

      Hi Ernest, It took just under 3 hours to complete. The video lesson is pretty much “real time” except when I sped things up in the first part of removing a lot of wood. That just gets boring to watch. Fun to do, but not as much fun to watch. I could probably spend another hour or so “fussing” and refining.

  2. Ernest Miron August 5, 2016 at 6:25 am - Reply

    Wow! That was a lot faster than I thought. Carving seems a much slower craft than it actually is then…

    Thanks Mary for these high quality and fascinating lessons, you´ve awaken my creative spirit again 🙂

    • Mary May August 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm - Reply

      That’s great to hear!
      Take your time while you are learning – it will get faster with more time with gouges in hand. Don’t try and make it a race! Don’t forget to enjoy the journey.

  3. Bruce Nelson September 1, 2016 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    The top of this page offers the opportunity of having a preview of carving a feather. But when I click on it the carving of a lion head shows up instead. I am not looking for that one but desire to view the feather carving. Please give me directions to follow to find the feather.

    Bruce Nelson

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