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How to Carve Little Dinosaurs - Easy Wood Carving Projects

Werewolf Pixel, Woodcarving and whittling

How to Carve Little Dinosaurs - Easy Wood Carving Projects

Werewolf Pixel, Woodcarving and whittling

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7 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What you are going to need

    • 3. Wood for your project

    • 4. How to sketch caricature dinosaurs

    • 5. How to carve wood

    • 6. The first project

    • 7. The second project

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About This Class

In this class I will teach you how to sketch and then carve tiny and cute dinosaurs. This is an ideal project for beginners (however, if you've carved before you will still find it useful). 

What you will need:

  • Hard wood (I am using black walnut and ash, but you can use any other - cherry, walnut, willow, oak, poplar, apple, plum, mahogany etc.)
  • A carving knife. I am using Flexcut KN13
  • A coping saw or any other saw for cutting your wood to the required size
  • A pencil/pen

The rest is not required, but it can help you:

  • Knife sharpener (dull knives can be dangerous - remember to sharpen your knife often)
  • Sandpaper (I use 120 and 400 grit)
  • Gloves or any other protection for your hands
  • Linseed and walnut oils (you can also use beeswax)


(first, second and third melodies in the video called 'The Second Project').

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Woodcarving and whittling


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1. Introduction: Hello everyone. Welcome to the course on how to carve little dinosaurs out of wood. You won't be able to resist when you see how cute they are. As usual, I will guide you step-by-step, starting at the very beginning, showing you how to carve the world, how to make a simple sketch of a caricature dinosaur. And then how to make one dinosaur with a long tail and another with a long neck. You won't need too much wood for it. This projects are very small. No other complicated tools I needed. Just a carving knife and saw. Woodcarving has become my favorite hobby. And you will fall in love with it as well. If you haven't already. It is very relaxing and it is a source of great joy. And join me on this journey. 2. What you are going to need: The absolute minimum for this course is a carving knife and some wood. I'm using my trusty flex got detailed life kn 13, the length of the blade as 1.5 inches or 38 millimeters. You can get something similar. Although you can practically carved with any knife. The only requirement for it to be sharp. A few more things, however, will make your life easier. You would need a saw to cut smaller chunks of wood. I also recommend some gloves to protect your hands. After all, this is your most important tool. You will also need something to sharpen your knife with. I like using a leather strop together with something called chromium oxide, which is a Greenpeace or crayon that can be applied on a leather strop. Then lift your knife just slightly and move it first on one side and then on the other. If you don't have another stroke, you can use any other sharpener. I bought this one in a supermarket and then you're going to need a pencil, some paper. I'm using 120 greet and then 320 as well. I recommend buying a variety. It is not compulsory at all, but if you want your project to last longer and to look nicer, shinier, use some oil. I have linseed oil for light colored wood and walnut oil for darker woods. 3. Wood for your project: If you didn't have any off cuts and you're just planning to buy some word. You can find it in all shapes and sizes on eBay or Etsy, we are local timber store. But if you don't want to spend too much or you just want to try and see whether this is for you. I suggest you buy something called Penn blanks. These are small blanks or would normally for pin making. But of course you can use them for whatever you want. Do check the size before buying. The length is not that important, but makes sure that the width is at least 20 millimeters. Sellers Normally offer variety of woods. So do get yourself a selection. I recommend tulip, good. It's also called poplar, black walnut, cherry ash, beech, maple, mahogany, OK. All these types of words are quite hard, which is good because they will be able to hold the detail. Our dinosaurs are going to be tiny. And you don't want to, of course, for the next or legs to snap, which can happen if you use software would like basswood, aligned wood. You can also use pine. It is widely accessible and easy to carve. However, it can also hold a detail. Here's a little birdie made. You can see that it has a tiny beak. I'm going to be using ash and walnut. So if you want, you can buy exactly that. But you don't have to, because most of the types of wood will be fine for this project. 4. How to sketch caricature dinosaurs: You didn't have to be an amazing artist. I will show you a few simple sketches. And of course, our dinosaurs are not going to be realistic. We are only making caricatured figures. We do need to be realistic about what we can do with such a small piece of wood though. So don't give your figure too many details. My second dinosaur is not going to have a big tail, only tiny one, because my piece of wood is rather slim. If your piece of wood is bigger, you can give them a tail, just like the first picture. This is up to you. Now I'm going to draw the shape of this little guy. This is his side view and here's how he looks at the front. And the last one is going to have some spikes, so he's back. As you noticed, some of these dinosaurs are going to be placed vertically and horizontally. The first and the fourth one. For example, I carved this guy also from UPENN blank and I placed him vertically. In this course, we're going to call one vertical and one horizontal. The first and the second dinosaur. 5. How to carve wood: One important thing in carving is that you need to cover with the grain as soon as you feel that you are struggling and that your life takes off, big pieces of wood. Turn your work around and you will see that it will become easier. And by the way, this type of cuts is called a pocket. I use it most of the time. Direct your blade towards your thumb. That's why it is so important to wear gloves. The next important cut is stop cut, cut right through the wood and then do a pocket. Stop cuts, do what they say, they stop your life from going further. It is very useful while carving around the details. For example, the legs or facial features. The stock cut helps to preserve them. The next cut is called pushcart, where you are pushing your blade away from you. Pay attention at how I directed with my left thumb, making the movement more controlled. And one more useful cut, v cut. I covered an angle, one side, and then from the other, it is a useful cut to remove some unnecessary words. As you can see, I've done all the cuts with the grain going vertically. It is a natural way of carving. However, sometimes your project will be placed horizontally and that is called across the grain. 6. The first project: So for the first project, I chose this shape and now I will copy it on my piece of wood. I'm using ash wood. When I'm done with it. I cut off all the rest with a coping saw. Now I have a small manageable chunk that I can work with. But just before that, I'll go over my pencil drawing again, this time with a pen, because pencil lines rub off very quickly. So at this point you can start carving with your knife around the outline. However, I want to save some time, so I will cut off even more with my sore. Get rid of this corners. It will make your life easier. And now we will finally pick up our knife. Slowly go round the shape of the dinosaur as close to the line as possible. Be careful, don't rush it. Figure out which way the green is going. If it is hard to call one-way. And you see that, you know, if takes off the big chunks, turn you work around. Pay attention to how I make a stop cut here. This will ensure that I don't accidentally damage the head of my dinosaur. I will need to make the dip for the neck all the way. However, I wouldn't do all in one go. Instead, I will be moving gradually from one part to the other. Here I will cover the bottom parts of the neck, making rolling movements with my wrist. I continue making the dip here all the way. Of course, the NIC is not going to be that wide. Who will make it narrow it later. But for now, it is important not to lose the outline. And here I am moving to the tail, making a thin up along the width. The bottom of the neck. Now that we have a rough outline, we should draw a line in the middle. This will help us to make a dinosaur symmetrical. Use this line when thinning out the neck and the tail. You can start taking L two big pieces is going to be much thinner than that. So I came to this width. Now I will take that falls under the tail and we'll use stub cuts again to present the legs. After that, I will make the tail fin, just like I did with the neck. Also shape the body a bit, making it more round. Now we need to take all that would be using the stub cuts again. Here's what we came to, a rough shape of a dinosaur. Make it more rounded and symmetrical using new line in the middle. And you see how our sketch has a more prominent. We can do the same here as a piece of wood is small, but you can make his leg as long as possible. Here I will show you the finishing touches. Tweak the body, make the head point to the neck a bit more smooth. You can leave it here or separate his legs so that we have for individual ones, draw a line in the middle to help you and then cut through v cuts will be very useful here. Then you can round the legs a little, smoothing out the corners. Here it is done. Now take a piece of sandpaper, then make your dinosaur smooth. Start with a rougher sandpaper, for example, a 120 grid, and then finishing with 400. Completely optional, but you can put some oil on it at the end as well to make it shiny. And it is completely ready now, isn't he cute? I hope you like him. 7. The second project: But this time we'll make a vertical carving and dinosaur with a long neck. Draw it on the wood. Choose your own desired length of the neck and then saw the unnecessary bits of here you can see that the width is quite big. It shouldn't be narrower. So if we are somehow narrow, should be. My finished project had the width of 15 millimeters or five-eighths. The length was about 25 millimeters or one inch, and the height 45 millimeters or two inches. Here it is. Now we still have this extra word next to the neck that we don't need. You can either remove it with a knife or again with a soul. Just kept first from one side and then from the other. Done. Now we're ready to call. First thing to do is to go around the outline, defining the shape. Do it slowly, take over this sharp corners little by little. I'm mostly using a full cut when they cause towards my thumb. And here I am doing a stub cuts. It will prevent me from accidentally cutting off the head of my dinosaur. Semester, we'll do a stub cuts. And then I cough towards removing all unnecessary movement. As you see, it needs to be done all the way. Now we need to take less space between the legs. First I define it with a pen, and then I close the window using the stub cuts. It is a bit challenging to cause because the grain runs across. So do it slowly. Once you remove enough, smooth it out, you see how my wrist it helps to make the carving round it. So I finished curving around the outline. Another thing that we need to do is to make the neck and the hand and bit narrower than the body. Draw a line in the middle. Hits will help you to preserve symmetry. And then just take off the chunks of wood on either side. Hello. Also remove the corners as you go. Make your clothing more rounded. No, we need to do the same thing with a tail. Again, draw a line in the middle and then slowly move to void. The body. Make it more smooth on the coolest. So you could really just leave it or you can separate the links. We're just going to draw a line in the middle and then removed using stub cuts, cuts. Here it is all done that sand it. First I use a coarse sand paper around 220 grit. And after that 400 grit. Nice and smooth. You can limit here. Or if you have oil or any other oil, well maybe be wax. Treat your carving with it. See how shiny it will become. This lovely dinosaur. I hope you liked this project.