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Below is a study of a hand that I carve in my classes.  I use a 1" x 1 1/2"  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 #3 1/2" Gouge, 1/8" VTool, 3/16" VTool, , 1/4" Veiner and my knife.

 

How to Carve a Relaxed Hand

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Hand Study Photos

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Finished Hand

 

 

  Parts of the Hand

Steps to carving a Hand

  • Step 1 - Separate the thumb from the rest of the hand

  • Step 2 - Layout your finger and establish the length of each finger.

  • Step 3 - Separate and shape the fingers

  • Step 4 - Cut in the knuckles and cut in the finger nails with a small VTool.

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

 

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

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