Balsa wood is popular among users both at home and abroad. It can be used as the ideal material to make model, crafts, surfboards and so forth. Different from other wood, it is soft, lightweight and easy to work with. Balsa can be regarded as the ideal choice for beginning wood carvers since it is very easy to work with. Here we will tell you how to use balsa wood to create your own carvings.
First of all, you are advised to prepare things you will need, like pencil, sketch pad, balsa wood, carving knife, sandpaper, acrylic paint, paint brush and so forth.
Second, choose selected balsa wood from reliable suppliers. You can buy balsa wood in sheets or blocks. Generally, blocks of balsa are best for carving. And you will need balsa wood in different sizes. You will prepare different sizes that will be required during your project.
Third, it is necessary to know what do you want to carve or create, a boat, a craft, a balsa rose or a balsa box? As to the beginner, you are advised to choose the simple things to carve, like a simple boat, but not the complicated balsa camera or balsa rose or gliders. You may sketch your idea on paper first as the carving guide when you carve your balsa boat.
Fourth, you are advised to choose a comfortable place to work with your block of balsa and a carving knife. To carve it according to your design. Although balsa is very easy to work with, you are advised to cut carefully. Cut too much will influence your entire effect and waste your balsa.
Fifth, hold the balsa in one hand and turn it against the knife blade to carve the hull of your balsa boat. Shape the hull. You can use your own thumb as a guide to ensure you maintain the curve of the hull as you carve. Cut away a flat section on top of the hull and use the tip of your knife to hollow out the inside of the hull, leaving two strips of wood inside for seats.
Sixth, sand your boat by using light sandpaper. Do not sand it over or you will carve much of the balsa wood away since it is so soft and easy to cut with. At last, you can paint it to give it a better look.