A. Why should you use the 7 Systematic Steps?-
By creating a path for your mind to follow, a more consistent product will emerge.
Always using the same steps to make different carvings will create efficiency in motion.
You will gain confidence through repetition.
B. The 7 Systematic Steps-
Using a template, transfer your design to the ice.
2. Punch out
Using a chainsaw cut out the silhouette
Keep all cuts at 90 degrees
Be very precise, avoid overcuts
Use a die grinder for tight turns & spaces
3. Blocking In
Most difficult step to learn
Push in reference lines with a die grinder
Use a chainsaw to push back levels
Cut off the corners using a combination of these 3 tools
– Die grinder with a shaping bit
Using an angle grinder or pistol grip sander, sand the areas you would like to have smooth & free of tool marks.
Apply detail with a Vee bit or similar. Add textures for contrast
Clean all slush, drips, snow, & small tool marks.