This carving project starts out with a good pattern. This pattern is from the WOODCARVING ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE.
The walking staff that we'll be making will not include the cane handle at the back of the Eagle head, although it could easily be done with a larger blank to accommodate the handle. The carving wood is a 2 1/4 inch thick block of Basswood. To transfer the pattern from the drawing, I use a piece of carbon paper.
so that the wood grain lines up with the front to back of the Eagle head.
I used the scroll saw to cut out the blank.
The next posting will start with the two tools that I use to rough out and the carve this Eagle head, and then move through the carving steps.