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    I started carving around Thanksgiving. This is my first post. I have been mostly carving small caricatures. I enjoy it a lot. I am wondering what the advantages are to starting a caricature with the face oriented on a flat edge vs with the nose centered on a corner. I have done both and it simply seems as though one adding extra work by not working off a corner. I don't have the experience to understand the value of working off of the flat surface and haven't sorted it out in my mind. Thank you in advance.

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    MTCW, First it depends on the corner you choose. I often orientate carvings diagonally in the wood so there is less waste. I still keep the top of the growth ring arch to the front in part because it carves easier and in part for the appearance of the wood grain when finished. This fly fisherman’s left hand started in the corner of the wood.
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    Last edited by Nebraska; 01-02-2021, 01:33 PM.
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    • #3
      I carve the nose in the corner when I want the head to be slightly turned to one side, as in the carvings on the left below. It gives them a different look, compared to the norm (see lil' guy on the right). But other than a distinctive look, I think both approaches result in good looking lil' guys.

      As for the body, I carve it on the flat edge. It works just fine.

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      Last edited by Rodster; 01-02-2021, 04:40 PM.
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      • #4
        I always start with a round piece of tree branch with a bump where the nose will be.

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        Actually, I rarely carve miniature figures or caricatures.
        You just want to make efficient use of your materials.

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        • #5
          Placat, I think if you carve from the flat, it gives you a little bit more that you can do with the arms. The corner carving almost forces your arms into the pockets, or straight down. I you are happy with your corner faces, it is an easy transition to the flat by carving a corner to the centerline of the front of the block.
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          • #6
            Just another thought. I've found carving lil' guys from 1" x 1.5" x 4" pcs of basswood works well. You get a little more width in the body, while the head is easily trimmed down to size. This approach gives you wider shoulders and more room to carve the arms and legs.
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            • #7
              first3.jpg Thank you all for the replies. It all makes sense. I am struggling to know what is going to happen as I remove wood. I don't quite have the vision for it yet. I guess that is what drove my question. I have attached the first three figures I have carved. They were all done starting with the face on the flat. I have done some of the 5 min wizards and the faces simply seem to be easier to find.

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              • #8
                I started carving caricatures from Jack Price' book. While he doesn't carve off a corner like Tom Wolfe does, for example, his face carving technique 'creates a corner'. Don't want to re-plow old ground, but the reason for this is to create the 45 degree angle of the face. I would suggest getting his book as it does a great job getting a caricature started!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Nebraska View Post
                  MTCW, First it depends on the corner you choose. I often orientate carvings diagonally in the wood so there is less waste. I still keep the top of the growth ring arch to the front in part because it carves easier and in part for the appearance of the wood grain when finished. This fly fisherman’s left hand started in the corner of the wood.
                  EAEFE514-7002-422E-86A2-60672B02F722.jpeg
                  that looks awesome

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                  • #10
                    Excellent work on those three figures.

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                    • #11
                      Those carvings look great and found that for "quick" carvings, like Santa's, using the corner is faster and easier.
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                      • #12
                        Nice little carvings! If I used a band saw to create a roughout I think I’d probably try more flat plane carving. Since I don’t, I find working off the corner gives me depth—more easily— for the nose. It also helps me set the eyes so I can see a little bit of them from the side view.
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