Guidelines for deciding the size of the work

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I will write down the guidelines for determining the size when making wood carvings. Although some of this is intuitive, I hope it will help you in your consideration.

Since I am assuming that this will be made in the classroom, I will set the maximum size here to be something that can be carried in a backpack or the like and transported between home and the classroom.

If there are too many items to consider, it can be overwhelming, so I will explain them one by one below.

  • Charm
  • Place
  • Amount of engraving, precision, observation ability



Depending on the work, a smaller size may look cuter, or a larger size may be more impressive. Imagine a size that will bring out the full appeal of the work.



There are physical restrictions on where you can put it, so it will be easier to decide on the size if you have some idea of ​​where you want to put it. When giving a gift, it's important to think about the recipient and imagine if the size of the gift would make them happy.

Amount of engraving, precision, observation ability

Generally, the larger the size, the more carving will be required, and the smaller the size, the less carving. Therefore, if the size is large, the main method is to reduce the amount by pounding, and if the size is small, the main method is to reduce the amount by using a chisel.


Also, if the size is too small, the amount of carving at one time will have a big impact. For example, if you were to scale down a large carved wooden bear, you would need to move the chisel in small movements to carve it, which would require a great deal of skill to carve finely and to observe its fineness.

It is technically difficult to cover all sizes, so it is important to find other sizes that you are good at through experience.

Depending on the person, changing the size of the work may suddenly make them better or worse, so you need to persevere and not get discouraged.