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Below is a study of an ear that I carve in my classes.  It is a very mechanical ear and seems easy to carve.  I use a 3/4" x 3/4"  basswood stick to practice on.  In my early days of carving you would never catch me without a practice stick in my pocket.  The tools I use to carve this ear are a #7 3/8" Gouge, #9 3/8" Gouge, a 3/16", a 1/4" Veiner and my knife.

 

How to Carve a Basic Ear

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Ear Stick

Ear Study Photos

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Real Ear

 

 

  Parts of the Ear

Steps to carving a Basic Ear

  • Step 1 - Draw out your ear on the stick.

  • Step 2 - Draw a vertical and horizontal line from the tip of the ear.  And outline the ear by cutting around the ear about a 1/4" deep.  By using your knife, cut a bevel from the front of the ear to vertical line at the back of the ear.  Using your knife, slope the ear from the upper tip down to the ear lobe.

  • Step 3 - Draw in the inner part of the ear.

  • Step 4 - With the back side of a #9 3/8" gouge put a stop cut at the Tragus and the root of the ear.  Then use the gouge to taper from the outer part of the ear into the Tragus and root area.

  • Step 5 -  Use a 1/4" Veiner to cut in the scapha area...this also accentuates the concha.

  • Step 6 - Using your veiner, cut into to root of the helix and tragus areas to deepen the inner part of the ear.

I usually finish the ear with the white bristle disk sanding disks made by Foredom.  I gives the carving a softer look but does not remove the knife and gouge marks. 

 

Remember.  The more you practice the better your ears will get.  There is no magic. Just lots of practice.

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