Monday 19 May 2014

Odin - wood spirit

Hand carved Odin wood spirit in a large piece of cottonwood bark.
It has 17.5'' in height, 6.5'' in width and 3'' in thickness, I didn't hollow the bark so it weights almost 1.3 kg.
It is the very first carving inspired by Norse mythology I have done:

The inscription done in Futhark is from Hávamál in Edda.

It reads: ''Each word led me on to another word, each deed to another deed.''

The runes are darkened by one coat of dark mahogany gel stain.

This is the the original piece of bark with most of the tools used for the whole carving process:

Additionally I used a small gouge and various sand papers.