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How to Whittle a Simple Fox - Step By Step Beginner Wood Carving Project

Dec 26, 2021
everyone this is brian from

carving

it's fun in this video we are going to make a fun and

simple

little fox here this is a perfect little

project

for

beginner

s and it should only take 30 minutes to 50 minutes to complete everything we are doing what i need to do this

project

is a 1 x 1 x 4 inch piece of bass

wood

, a pencil to draw our outlines on, and your favorite

carving

knife and since I'm probably going to carve a little faster than you, I'll do it. have a picture of the current

step

on the left hand side here that way you can pause the video and catch up as needed so let's start here the first thing is first you're going to want to draw the outline of what we're going to be doing here I drew a little outline for you guys so you can go ahead and copy that.
how to whittle a simple fox   step by step beginner wood carving project
I'll go ahead and pause the screen if you want to track it on your piece of

wood

right here like that. makes it easier for you to know which cuts to make right now that you have your outline drawn on the wood we are going to start making our first cuts the first thing I like to do is start cutting the dots here and here that are colored black on this piece of wood because we're going to completely remove them so I like to make stop cuts at the corners and then go back and remove that piece of wood right there and I'll do this to the line that I drew and then remove the wood. going across i notice i'm doing this at an angle right now i like to cut at angles on the sides here because it's easy to remove the wood that way no matter what kind of knife you're using i can still easily carve now instead of me draw the template on the other side.
how to whittle a simple fox   step by step beginner wood carving project

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I'm actually going to use my knife as a marker, so I'm going to put the tip of my blade here and there's a trace down and done. a little push cut there that's going to make a line and it's going to be a hell of a lot longer than your pencils will so I'm going to do that right there and do the same thing across right there so now I've got my lines you can do this with a pencil if you want does the same thing too just the lines i made here will last a little longer they won't rub off when you're carving there we go so do the series with the stop cuts we did earlier and you'll notice we now have a wedge here in the middle and it's easier to carve that piece of wood we're going to do it on the line that crosses here a little bit more right there and now that we have that wedge there I'm going to remove this section because the goal here is to create uh uh for carving this little piece of wood so I'm going to make a series of stop cuts and make use of the wood grain right there to easily separate the wood here we go so now that I've finished that section I'm going to move on to the back here essentially i'm going to do exa exactly the same as i do my line first cross there come on so again make my stop cut go back and cut that little piece of wood there and then follow that line carving at an angle repeat the same

step

on the other side make it stop cutting there and then just start removing the wood that we need and then just like we did on the head start moving that bit that we created in the middle towards the line that we had created earlier and once we've carved that part, we'll go back and do a series of stop cuts to remove the section of wood and make use of the grain of the wood and here you'll notice I have a little section here that's like a triangular wedge.
how to whittle a simple fox   step by step beginner wood carving project
I did this intentionally and I don't want to have to force my butt cuts at an angle when I'm removing all the wood there, I find it easier to go back in and touch it up later so I'll do pretty much the same as I just did. the sides first that way I'm not making it all the way through the wood removing little bits of wood a and it makes it a lot easier and quicker in the long run so remove the sides and then go ahead and remove the middle shim you just did create and then you'll end up with a little angle cut into the wood and tap this. one up a little bit there and do the same for the other side just trying to remove that little triangle that was left over creating a little uh stop the cuts there and then do the same thing on the other side and once you've done it to both sides you've got this little wedge in the middle that you can remove there we go and now you've got a little wet wedge shape on the body and then these rectangular shapes on the head, body and tail here all good next step what i like to do is to start lowering the body because the back of the fox obviously isn't going to be quite close to the top, we're going to lower it a bit there and then I like to have the head with the ears and the tail above the body itself, like so that what we're going to do is make a dip here, which is pretty easy to do.
how to whittle a simple fox   step by step beginner wood carving project
What I like to do is create a couple of little wedge cuts going up along the line, so following this line I'll make a push cut in the wood along the line and go back and make a couple of little cuts. in V going back and forth right there which will just create a little notch to know where the body will be in that place so I'm going to do the same thing going to the other side and doing pretty much the same thing and right here okay and once that you made those wedges, I like to go over and just remove that triangular part right there using the points that you just created with those little V cuts and then do the same on the other side, remove that center piece and it comes out as easy enough so what I like to do from here is start down the back I'll make a sweep cut from both sides make sure you make a stop cut on the other side that way the wood just goes easy so stop cutting in the c ostado and make kind of a sweep cut towards that stop cut to remove that wood there and I'll just go down a bit it doesn't need to be much and right there that should do all it's doing is just referencing where the back will be from the fox so it's ok from here i like to start working on the tail one thing to keep in mind i learned it with some of the other ones here which one was this i made the tail a little skinny at this joint um i like it Leaving a little more wood in that tail like I did with this one just makes it easier to grab later on and then at the end you can thin it out as needed but what I like to do here is start from the bottom um where it is the back bottom leg and up towards the tail so I'm going to make a stop cut following that line that I made and then started to make a little sweep cut what I'm doing here is taking advantage of the corners of the wood with less wood to remove and s implement doing a sweep cut i'll do the same thing on the other side to make it um it's just super quick and easy this way instead of having to remove like a whole piece of wood so do that and then do the same thing .
Same thing for this side, but keep in mind to try not to remove too much wood at this joint. We want to leave a bit of wood in there, but still make the tail look a bit fluffy. Note that if you are new to wood carving you don't want to start pushing the wood and pushing against the grain right here what you will accidentally do is split this whole section so when I'm carving I'm not carving this way because if you think of the wood grain going this way and you're going to catch the blade in the wood grain and just rip out a whole section, it's best to cut through the wood and along the grain that way. get smoother cuts and less likely to break everything r Okay now that this area is flattened out a little bit I'm going to do the same to the other side and start doing the tip of the tail so focus on the corners and making more corners while you are carving is an easy way to quickly remove the wood as you will notice that i am only really carving where there is a corner that has been formed this way i can easily get the knife in there and then the wood comes right off , so now I've done it pretty quickly I did the tip of the tail a bit, it's quite fat here so I'm going to start trimming it, so trim the tail towards the base, make sure you don't go too far if in doubt , leave more wood than necessary, come on. cut it off a bit there you go and at this point you'll probably have a pretty fat tail so we're going to start trimming it just going around the edges because what we're looking for is something like this right there where it's maybe two thirds or maybe a little bit more, maybe half the original width, you can make your tail as fluffy or as narrow as you like, I like a fluffier tail, I think it looks better, so start going in and keep in mind that at the midpoint is where we're going to start doing the taper so you can see that I'm cutting, I'm carving down in one direction from right here, I'm not carving up and then carving down because, as I said before, we don't want to cut against the grain of the wood or we're going to start splitting the wood and you'll lose most of the tail so carve down along the grain of the wood on this part and then we'll switch sides and then start going op uest and taper the tail to the other side my tail is starting to sway to this side i'm going to leave a little bit of swoosh in there you realize it's a little bit mine discarding the tur curve a little bit in it i think i'm going to do that which adds a bit of character to it like its doing a bit of shar On the other hand you dont have to strive for perfection when carving sometimes i feel that striving for perfection actually diminishes what you can learn and sometimes It makes it look unnatural, so I think there's a little curve that's a little funny. that will be fun um and now I'm going to start to cover in the opposite direction so we don't have to cut our cut against the grain of the wood and I'm going to that midpoint carving down um so eventually what I'm going to do is smooth out or round out that edge so it's not like a triangle um point right there at that pivot point I did right so now I'm going to start rounding that tail out on those little pointy edges making it more rounded and natural looking there we go that's it what I'm going to do with the tail I'm probably going to remove a little bit of section right here just for this part that's good enough I'm going to leave the tail a little bit thicker at that connection there just for t The timing is fine so now we're going to start to round out the body and trim it down a bit because right now it's a thick body, but we're going to try to get a little thinner here.
So what I like to do to start is just clip this part down here just clip the top down along with the curve of the body we don't need to go all the way down yet for the section where the head meets um I just like to go ahead and do a little stop cut right there and just do a quick little chunk right there that way I have some extra room to carve I'm not focusing on cutting it all the way down right now I'm just making the top of the body round out a little bit thinner at the top as you can see I'm just trimming it down a bit is the side here is still a little thick but I curved the contoured side of the body there and I'm going to do the same thing to the other side here just going down to the line I did there trim the side right there and then do the same thing here do a little stop quick cut little cut there and just go around the body so now I have a rounded body on top and it's starting to shape a little better so now the goal is to separate the bottom like you have here that way you can start to create the legs so the easiest way I found. to do this first create a little stop cut right there and then just start leaning over and stop at the stop cut and come back around the other side and just come back to each other like this you're not actually splitting the wood . because he doesn't want to push all the way down on this side and try to come back down the other side, he's going to start splitting wood and take this whole section off, basically taking off an entire leg, so we're going to go in and halfway and meet the Blade um they're in the same spot and hopefully they're trying to split the wood right there right in that spot sometimes it's going to take a bit of back and forth but they'll get it this is the best way to do it so they're not cutting upstream so now you have a little bit of a section carved out right there in the corner that was made you've got another little corner that you can go with here and this is going to start to trim the side of the body a little bit like so that you do the same exact movements as they did next, if you do it right you'll just be able to remove the wood and create a little concave effect so I can see that he brought a piece of wood right there with the legs sticking out a little bit and he goes ahead and alisa is or a little more uh don't worry if you've taken in too much uh i don't think it's going to matter and from there just clean up bring up that section you did to make it look more rounded bring this up a little more here t Here we go so instead of trying to connect this side to this side and now I'm going to do exactly the samemoves that I didn't do on the other side of this side and we're going to remove the wood faster this way instead of having to try to remove a bunch of wood in the middle we're just going to do the exact same moves on this side, do it as close to the other side as possible as you can do the sides again and of course at the end if you wanted to and when you're done carving you can take some 220 grit sandpaper and remove some of these little bits of wood here, um, it doesn't have to be done with the knife if you don't want to, oh sometimes it's better to just sand it down and then make it look smooth there we go now I've got the body a little shrunken down I'm going to go ahead and start doing the bottom here so i'm going to do the exact same method i was doing on the sides they go in towards the middle on each side and meet the cuts in the middle this way you don't accidentally split the wood and you get a nice little curved effect or there you're going to arch it up I'm going to go a little more in this there we're going to get this little roll of wood out of the way make some little cuts that intersect now that I have the body tapered I'm just going to sharpen these little corners that I made here and so that the sides are rounded there, we smooth it out a bit and do the same with the other side. see now i have the body pretty careful there i'm not going to do the legs yet i like to do this at the end just to prevent um some like the skinny legs you might accidentally break them if you hold for them the wrong way so i'm going to leave the legs like this until the end, alright, so now let's start working on the head here, get some of this fluff out of the way, um, the head part will basically be the definition. feature of your fox it's good to focus and take your timeline in this part um but what I'm going to do here is going to start at the bottom of the head and then do the top of the head so starting there following that line that we had originally made, make a small stop cut and make a small sweep cut up, this is going to form the bottom of the chin area and do the same thing on the other side, basically making a sweep cut up the butt cut we did and then remove that wood in the future we're going to end up with kind of a triangular shape here when we're done and we're basically roughing out the head right now we're not doing all the details so mine is a little out of place, a little there, but that's easily okay, even that I'm going to do. leave it as a triangular shape at the bottom and then I'll start working on the top.
Now what I like to do here is figure out where the ears will be on the back since they'll basically be the back of the ears I'm going to make the front of the ears be there a little bit before the wood comes to a point this way, I'm not making a super fine point right there and I have a little extra wood to work with, so at that point that I just made, I'm going to do a sweep cut. on the face this is going to start to form the top of the fox's face this part that you want to try to make these pick sweep cuts as even as possible because that bridge right there will form the top of the head so in this At the moment you've got kind of a scoop nose that looks like a fox, so once you've got these two sweeping cuts, uh, take care of them, start from here and just going towards the face, doing what we're going to be doing. a triangular cut um towards the snout if it's not perfect don't worry about it you can even it out crates usually have a narrow snout anyway so you can leave a little extra wood in there so once you hit it shape that part at the top we're going to start going from the bottom and t opening it up towards the nose there we go and this part is like you're going back and forth and even out the cuts from one side to the other to make the face nice and couple and notice I'm not making super deep cuts in the wood yet I'm really just shaping the head so at this point your head is almost roughed out and it's like a block top but we're going to make that it looks like that kind of face here in a second okay so what we're going to do now is instead of having the tips of the ears on the edges we're going to reposition them here and here the easiest way to to do that is simply to cut off a bit of a angle of the wood so you can see I cut the wood at a slight angle compared to this side so I'll do that to see if I can get it on camera correctly so you can see it here I'm literally carving an angle into the wood like i did it there and then i like to even out the angle at the bottom so it's angled in the opposite direction delete this little blocked section here so i'm basically lifting the cheekbone a little bit so that's what you're looking at there ok and then from here what I like to do is um start to build up the front of the ears and the face so I know the front of the ear is right here and then my face is going to fall swooping down so what I'm going to do is make a sweeping cut so starting right here and then just sweeping down and then pushing the blade out making like a J cut with the knife so I'm pushing in and then or by sweeping and leveling it out, this creates a neat little chop for the face you make. a nice

simple

uh front of the face there for you okay and then after you've formed that part we're going to start making the ears to make the ears so right where this line is well mine it's a bit off balance there. so i'm going to go there even it out just a little bit i know the middle of the head is right there and i want the ears to start to form to point up now i'm not starting at the edges right now i'm working to get in , so I'm just making a wedge cut at the top and then slowly started to get it down there a little bit doing a little bit at a time so I don't remove too much wood and then accidentally ruin it there we go so I got most of it .
I've got the face pretty neat there and I'm just going to tilt them and so I can make the ears a little more precise and notice that the face and the ears here are sort of wedged in the middle what I'm going to do here is just tilt this a little here we go so I'm tilting that a little bit right there and then I'm going to tilt the back of the ears back a little bit like that it looks like the ears are going forward so I've got that nice little bridge right there that forms a face, I'm going to start to taper these ears a little bit so that they look more like a cone instead of a pyramid so that it looks more like a fox.
My fox has a bit of a squashed face in this one. I think I took too much wood off the top, but yeah. I definitely took too much wood off the top so that's a mistake on my part but I think I could fix it maybe I can make the fox face look down a bit more sometimes that happens so let's see if I can remedy that situation. Make him look down. He's going to have a pointier nose than I anticipated in this one. I've done and I'm going to sharpen your face right here. They have a little thin head, so make the head a little narrower right there, bringing the bottom, there you go, that's a little better, sir. it doesn't always have to be perfect sometimes you mess it up it happens see if c and fix it up a bit like i did there so i think it's ok it looks a lot better. legs here and this is a pretty easy method that I like to do um instead of carving a huge wedge right here I like to start um at different angles and work my way from one side to the other it just rounds everything out so I'll create like a wedge in the front like I just did here I noticed it's not quite there so it's the front wedge that goes up to where I want it to be and where I want to stop which is right under the head here so I have it there and then I'm going to start to bring it here in this way that I am using, I have to cut less wood, it is easier to do it, there is less chance of it splitting. to apply a lot of pressure just to cut through the wood let's see if I can get that a bit more even there we go and t Then just start smoothing it out removing some of the blocky look there we go and then remove some of the blocky look on the part bottom here, then basically repeat the steps on the back and smooth it out. i have a little fox like i said before you can smooth this out with sandpaper you can paint it you can finish it with whatever wood finish you want to use i will do what i did with the others and touch it up with a knife and remove some of the rough bits and make it smooth see a little better. just to see what happened this is still recoverable mind you so you can still do stuff with this i just ripped it apart to see how fast i can do it like i think i did this in 20 minutes you can see i got a little bit separated from some of the wood there the legs are much closer together than the others um this is a little bit of a trial and error type but still fixable yeah sometimes it takes some practice there you go thanks for looking everyone I hope you have a good one

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