Carving a Butterfly on a Flower

2017-11-30T11:47:21-05:00 November 8th, 2017|

This is a brief introduction to "Carving a Butterfly on a Flower."

This 3 episode lesson shows the process for carving a delicate looking butterfly landing on a flower. Medium relief allows a decent depth that lends a great, three dimensional feel to this piece.

  • Lesson Contents: 3 episodes; template, tool list, and photo in Episode 1
  • Type of Wood: Basswood
  • Size: 6/1/2"w x 8"h x 7/8"d
  • Tool List: 4mm v-chisel; 6mm v-chisel; #1, 14mm; #3, 6mm; #3, 14mm; #5, 14mm; #7, 14mm; riffler file
  • Skill Level: Intermediate


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  1. William D'Ambrogio June 24, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Hi Mary,
    Just getting started and looking ahead. I purchased the Mary May Woodcarver beginner set. Now I’m looking at tools for future projects.

    This project uses a 4mm v-chisel and a 6mm v-chisel. Which Pfeil v-chisels are these. I see a #12 60 degree, a #15 45 degree, and a #16 35 degree on the Chipping Away web site.

    • MaryMay June 26, 2019 at 7:08 am - Reply

      I prefer the 60 degree angle v-chisel for all sizes. The smaller angle is very difficult to sharpen because the slip stone needs to be so sharp. The wider angle is just plain awkward to use.

      Have fun!

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