Carving a Dragonfly

2017-09-07T22:40:29-04:00 September 13th, 2017|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Dragonfly."

This 2 episode lesson shows how to carve a dragonfly in sunk relief into a pre-stained surface for a combination of possible effects on the journey to completion.

  • Lesson Contents: 2 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Size: 7"w x 7-3/8"h x 1/16"d
  • Tool List: 3mm v-chisel; 4mm v-chisel; #3, 6mm
  • Skill Level: Basic


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  1. Alexander Grabovetskiy November 16, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Mary, your work is beautiful! Wish you Blessings in all what You do!

    • MaryMay November 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you! You are an amazing woodcarver yourself. All the best to you and yours.

  2. Thomas French August 8, 2019 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I would like to use a different color stain on my carving. What types of stains will work. Do you use water based wiping stains?

    What sort of two sided tape do you use. I have been using a painter’s drop cloth tape but it appears that the company no longer exists.

    Thanks for a great lesson and your help.

    • MaryMay August 21, 2019 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Hello Thomas,
      I use al types of stain – oil and water based. I would suggest doing a test before putting it on any of your carvings – just to be safe. The double-sided tape I use is golf grip tape, but woodworking stores also supply a tape similar to this. It is paper-backed. Have fun!

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