Tip for Head Placement on Carved Birds

Scrub jay carving

By: Jerry Simchuk

Identify head placement

With the top of the head plane square, draw the centerline for the head along with the outline of the head and body. Notice the pivot point I’ve identified by pencil. This represents the center of the neck and is the point at which you can turn the head left or right. I changed the body-to-head angle. When this angle changes you also have to change the angle of the band saw cut for the back of the head block. Two main lines represent the head. Notice how the one at the back of the head does not come around to the right side of the center line as it does on the left.


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