Once you've decided to spend a relaxing afternoon crafting a wood owl for your home or garden, selecting the necessary project, pattern and wood and securing applicable tools are your next steps. Carving wood owls requires patience, attention to detail and a steady hand. For this reason, it's helpful to tape an image in your work space for visual reference. Wood owl crafts can be displayed and enjoyed year-round.
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Carved Owl Coat Hanger
The ideal wood for a coat hanger craft is either basswood or lime. You will also need a jigsaw and sander as well as one large and one small size carving chisel. Begin this craft by using the jigsaw to cut out an outline of an owl. Secure that newly created shape inside a clamp, preventing it from shifting while you carve it. Switch between the large and small chisels as needed to create the basic facial structure or more defined lines decorating the wings. Don't forget to add a hanger for functionality. Waxing and staining your finished craft is also recommended.
Owl Serving Tray
Craft a serving tray decorated with a scenic owl design by using a saw and cutting a simple oval tray out of a block of pine wood. Add handles for functionality. Download an online owl design and set it near your workspace for visual reference. Using a chisel, carve out the owl image and then stain with paint if desired. If this project is a gift, add the recipient's name beneath the owl, stretching it across the centre of the tray. Add a sealant after the staining has dried to avoid scratching or chipping.
Wood Owl Jack-O-Lantern
Carve a medium to large size pumpkin out of a block of wood using any wood material desired to craft an owl Jack-O-Lantern. After you've successfully cut the full shape of the pumpkin, move on to creating an owl carving in the centre of it. You can use an image from a drawing student's book to create the owl or simply complete the drawing freehand. You can also opt to pick up an owl carving outline at a party or craft store. Lie the shape on top of the wood pumpkin and chisel the design out.
Express your appreciation for both your favourite game and animal by crafting a chess board and owl pawns out of wood. Various chess board plans are available for free downloading and use online. One suitable option available at the website Chess Source involves crafting the board on top of four legs, thus turning it into a game table. Carve all king, queen, rook, bishop, knight and pawns out of individual blocks of wood. Place small pieces into a clamp when chiselling small owl details. Stain all pieces and allow to dry. Paint the standard chess board checkered design onto the top of the table.
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