Basswood 3 1/2" x 1" x 1/4"
See the Wood Carving section for more instructions, hints and tips.
- Layout the arrow on the basswood. The grain should be in the direction of the arrow.
- Cut it out using a scroll or coping saw.
- Make stop cuts along the shaft of the arrow by the feathers.
- Take the feathers down about halfway.
- Make stop cuts along the shaft by the arrowhead. Note that the shaft should extend into the arrowhead but not all the way to the point.
- Take the arrowhead down about halfway. Be very careful as it will tend to break easily.
- Sharpen the edge of the arrowhead by bring the front and back sides to a point.
- Give the arrowhead some chips by making gouges with your knife. It's just a quick scoop like you are scooping ice cream.
- Round the shaft. First make a 45 degree cut, and then make a cut above and below that. Round it all the way to the center. Continue until it smoothes out to your satisfaction. You might want to round the back a little, too. That will give it more of a 3-D look.
- Make lines on the feathers. You can use your knife (use a stop cut and then an angled cut from each side) or a V tool.
- Glue on a PVC ring using E-6000 glue.
- Apply finish to protect it.
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