Carving A Greenman In Ancaster Limestone

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This post shows the creation of a greenman in relief in Ancaster limestone by a client on a recent carving course.


Sketch of a greenman for relief carving

Here is the initial sketch of the greenman. The sketch was drawn at full size, and transferred to the stone using carbon paper.


Initial depth being caved into the greenman

With the sketch transferred to the stone, initial depths were carved into the stone to find the areas for the eyes.


Carving the outline of the greenman

Once the initial depths are found, the outline of the greenman is carved away to isolate the carving and lift it from the stone using shadow.


Carving leaf detail in the greenman

The leaves were further developed by adding ribs, and the orbits around the eyes created.


Picture of carving the mouth of the greenman

The mouth was carved; the depth inside was achieved using a quirk chisel.


Picture of carving the nostrils of the greenman

Nostrils were carved, and the holes were drilled using a small bullnose.


Greenman carved in Ancaster limestone

The finished greenman, relief carved in Ancaster limestone.


3 comments on Carving A Greenman In Ancaster Limestone

Mike of Arabia on 10th July 2017 at 3:52pm

Thanks for the record of the development of my green man. I really enjoyed the course and was very pleased with the result. The course gave me a lot of confidence and now I can’t wait to get a bit of stone, some chisels, make a bench and get going on another piece at home.

Heather on 15th July 2017 at 11:04am

Fantastic! Very impressed Mike of Arabia! I definitely think you should do some birds.

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