Power Carving an Owl from Wood – Art, Sculpture


Well now, what have we got here? Several weeks ago, I reached out to one of
the proprietors of a local sawmill called Soda City Sawmill. At the time I was looking for a local source
of wood to use in woodworking. Although, between when I contacted him and
by the time he got back to me I had gotten three loads of reclaimed wood. I have lots of wood to work with. However, I wanted larger pieces to try carving. I worked out a deal with Jeff to supply me
with a few large chunks of wood. This one is an off-cut of a reclaimed heart
pine beam that came out of an old factory. Because it is rotten on the outside, they
could not really use it in what they do. They just cut the end off. I was told all the metal was removed. Hopefully, I will not find any. Now this a piece of oak that was wet and it
has been drying for quite some time. I do not know how long, but has a lot of checks
in it. I am going to try carving with the angle grinder. Let’s see what we can make from it. I got several of these pieces, four. This is one of the smaller pieces. I got a couple of larger chunks back there. Hopefully, it is not rotten all the way through. I spent some time roughing this in with the
angle grinder. I am kind of getting the shape I wanted. Although, the problem with this wood is that
it has these huge cracks right here because the pith is right here. This is old, dry wood. In order to rough this in, I first started
with this tool that has three blades on it. It takes off a lot of material really quickly. Then, I switched to this burr disk. It leaves a nicer surface, and it is not as
aggressive. Eventually, I will have to come in with the
rotary tool and start putting in details. My original plan was to carve out all this
stuff around his feet. I realized that, number one, I cannot get
in there with the angle grinder to quickly remove material. It would take me aeons to go at it with this
thing. Right now, I guess I am going to go a little
more stylistic. Just leave this solid under here. Carve his feet and talons. Work on the face a little bit more. Define his eyes. Now that I have started to define his feet
out here, I think his butt sticks out a little bit too much. I may have to take this, trim it down, to
make it a little narrower this way. This is how it looks so far. It is slow going with this, because the sculpture
is so big. It takes a long time to take off material
with this. I have been switching between the angle grinder
and the rotary tool to put in more details. Now I am going to go over it with some sandpaper. Try to define some of these feathers a little
better. Smooth this out a bit. One thing about using these tools is that
they generate a ridiculous amount of dust, especially this burr disk. It makes a lot of fine particulate in the
air and it looks like smoke. I opened the doors for a little bit to let
the dust blow out. Because this is reclaimed, there are some
holes in the wood from old bits of metal or whatever. I do not know what this is. It kind of makes it look like a bullet hole
or something. Another hole there. A few here. It should not detract too much from the sculpture,
I think. I deliberately tried to put the face in an
area that I knew would not have any holes in it. I feel that is the most important part of
the sculpture, the face and the eyes. I do not know if you can see it, but there
is even a few holes from old termite damage or some thing. I have been carving away at it and I have
not seen any live bugs. That’s a good thing. Anyway, I am pleased with how this is going
so far. These days, I normally keep the doors closed,
because it is so hot most of the time. This garage is insulated even though it is
not air-conditioned, it still stays cooler inside if I leave the doors closed. I am just lightly skipping the tool over the
surface to give it a just a hint that there are feathers there. I think I am going to call it there. I think it turned out OK. I was most concerned about the eyes and the
face area to look right. Obviously, not realistic. It is stylized. Art does not necessarily have to reflect reality. I like how the burning turned out on the talons,
the beak and his eyes. Although a strange thing was happening when
I was burning it. There was sap literally boiling out of the
grain when I was using the torch on it. Anyway, that is it for now. Who-who! This is the first time I have done a bird
or an owl. The only other thing that I have carved so
far is the sea turtles. I will certainly be trying more power carving
in the near future. If you made it this far, thanks a lot for
watching. I hope you tune in for more projects in Cammie’s
Garage.

21 comments

  • Jon Wills

    I really enjoy these carvings!!

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  • smilan21

    Do you sell these? If not you should!!

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  • Craft begins

    Super

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  • Ed Croy

    Cam, you need a vacuum system. A 6 to 10 gallon shop vac would be the core part of the system, then a system of PVC 2 inch pipes with places to attach a hose/fixture (or cap off if not being used). You're a clever guy, I'm sure you could engineer something effective with a modest cost. 🙂

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  • Алексей Мухин

    Хорошая работа!👍Красота👍
    Спасибо.👋🇷🇺:)

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  • Paint Tool SAI tutorials by Jakob Dam

    Very nice result! Thanks for showing.

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  • Fred McIntyre

    Awesome work Cammie! 😍👍🦉👊

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  • MattyHD403

    Do you find those 3M masks are enough to prevent dust from getting in your lungs? I can't afford those respirators.

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  • Granville Bennet

    Nice carving

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  • Duane Van Winkle

    Don't apologize…you did a great job…especially for your first owl

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  • wood 4 nothing

    Very nice bird reminds of a barn owl I carved .
    Cheers
    Tim from Wood 4 Nothing

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  • dennis stallings

    Well done ~~~~

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  • James Bews

    beautiful

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  • Donny Dickerson

    Awesome fully real looking

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  • Mark McCluney

    This was wonderful mate and very helpful. That guitar tune at the end is mighty familiar but I can't place it…

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  • Ignis King

    Do you have any issues breathing even with a mask on in a closed room? I recently got into wood, and after my first craft (a small dagger) I had some chest problems even with the mask on for the 3 hours or so I worked mid way as I was cutting some hardwood flooring for a handle. My little work area is in a basement with no windows or outside doors .

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  • TRIPLESEVENSIX

    Nice work mate. I love it. Keep it up man. 😉

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  • Thomas Tieffenbacher/DocSavage45

    This video popped up because I'm looking at power carving to see what is happening. Like what you accomplished and discussion of your progress. Thanks. 3K subscribers is good!

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  • Georgia mcdonough

    Nice…

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  • wood 4 nothing

    Excellent job on the carving
    Cheers
    Tim from Wood4nothing

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  • Quincey Bennett

    Serious talent

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