Carving Project: Gazelle Face Mask

  • Wood I
    Fall 2015
    Instructor: George Gordon
  • After learning how to use carving tools, we were assigned the task of creating a face mask out of a single block of basswood. The initial piece was approximately 3" x 6" x 12". We were asked to determine a theme with a partner – our theme was African animals.
  • After planing one side of the basswood block, I decided I would make a gazelle, as there are various features of a gazelle which extend through various planes.
  • I then used my model to sketch out the front face of my mask.
  • I cut an inch from my block and planed that section. I repositioned the wood and glued them flush to each other in order to create forms that extended beyond my initial block's shape. I used a planing iron, block plane, rasp, file, various gouges, and eventually sandpaper to shape my mask. This piece was made entirely by hand.
  • Model: Kirthank Manivannan