One of the main concerns that scratch model builders have when they are looking into building a vessel from the 17th or 18th century is all of the ornamentation attached to ships of these time periods. In fact, many model ship builders shy away from this period all together just because of the fact that they are intimidated by sculpture.
With the knowledge of a few basic concepts, however, you can be on your way to making excellent wooden carvings of any type and of any period. In fact, it will be possible to make carvings that are much nicer than mine and you will be able to add something to your models that everyone will gawk over!
The mission of this practicum is to introduce you to the process of making small carvings for model ships. I will go through the kinds of tools available, the process of selecting the type of wood you will use, keeping everything in proportion through tracing transfer, cutting out a carving blank, holding your carving down, visualization, the kinds of cuts you will make, finishing, using sources other than your model plans, and everything else required to make excellent carvings.
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