Carving A Greenman In Ancaster Limestone
This post shows the creation of a greenman in relief in Ancaster limestone by a client on a recent carving course.
Here is the initial sketch of the greenman. The sketch was drawn at full size, and transferred to the stone using carbon paper.
With the sketch transferred to the stone, initial depths were carved into the stone to find the areas for the eyes.
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.
The leaves were further developed by adding ribs, and the orbits around the eyes created.
The mouth was carved; the depth inside was achieved using a quirk chisel.
Nostrils were carved, and the holes were drilled using a small bullnose.
The finished greenman, relief carved in Ancaster limestone.