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Carving skills of miniture ship decorations.

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  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Carving skills of miniture ship decorations.
Posted by crackers on Thursday, March 08, 2018 1:57 AM

While surfing the webb on Facebook, I came across Zoltan's presentation of Savo Vranac's carving skills on the site of Navy Board Models.

The following examples of the carver's art for model ship decorations.


Aggressive lion that was common on 18th century British warships.

The British 90 gun ROYAL WILLIAM had a figure head similar to this example, except on the real vessel, the king rode on horseback trampling on the bodies of his enemies.

Another example of horse and rider figures.

Might be a good subject for a Dutch admiralty yacht.

The lion figurehead was always the common motif on European warships.

The French often favored winged females on their naval ships.

A horn blowing cherub the size of a person fingernail. With my eyesight being what it is, I would be hard pressed to make a carving this size, even if my life depended on it.

Perhaps, some of you wood carvers could inform me what is the best wood for carving minature figures, as you have seen. I have been told it is limewood, because limewood is soft, clear, has no annual rings, or knots like pine. I have seen limewood blocks in hobby stores, but I would like a second opinion from Forum viewers.

Happy modeling     Crackers   Indifferent2 cents



Anthony V. Santos

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, March 08, 2018 5:49 AM

Hey Crackers !

 When I do my birds  I give them away when done . I use three main woods . Limewood , Basswood and Bird's eye maple .The last being the hardest . Now I did do Two using a method called Power Carving . This was an experiment with a block of Purple Heart wood and a block of Ironwood .

 These carvings you have shown are as fragile as the life -sized hummingbirds I carve . The birds are in every imaginable pose you might see the living creature . The difference ? I am sure the wing and body feathers I carve are somewhat sturdier to do than some of the features on these carvings .

 My hat is off to the carver , for sure !

  • Member since
    March, 2014
Posted by Kolvir on Thursday, March 08, 2018 3:33 PM

Tanker - Builder

 These carvings you have shown are as fragile as the life -sized hummingbirds I carve .


I've seen you menton your carvings before, I'd love to see some photos of them. Do you paint them too? The irridesent, scale like feathers of hummingbirds must be dificult to color.

  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Thursday, March 08, 2018 4:49 PM

It might be considered off subject on model ships, but I agree with Kolvir, I would love to see the carving works of humming birds by Tanker Builder. These unique flying jewels visit our rose of sharon bush every summer in South Central Idaho. My wife and I enjoy seeing these wonderful creatures from our front porch.

Happy modeling   Crackers     Sad Off Topic   

From his post on Facebook, Roland Vlakovic of Ika, Croatia added more carving added more carving skills to his post. Here is an example.

 Ornate carving skills as displayed are a marvel ship for models of the past. One can only wish to have this kind of skill.

Happy modeling    Crackers    Big Smile


Anthony V. Santos


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