Carving the Whittle Pup

Hollowing the ears

You've seen by now that it's quite possible to hollow small areas with just your knife. Hollowing the ears is similar to hollowing the space between the body and the legs, although you have to be a bit more careful, since if you go too deep you'll make a hole in the back of the ear.

First, use your pencil to draw the outline of the area you want to remove.

Then, place the tip of your knife at the top of the ear, angling in towards the center, and cut, following the line down to the bottom of the ear. Remove your knife from the wood, turn the carving over, and do the same thing to the other side of the ear. Finally, cut across the bottom of the ear to remove the triangular chip.

Again, you don't have to do this with just three cuts. In fact, unless you've had a lot more practice than I have, you probably won't get a perfect chip with just three cuts. Take your time, make shallow cuts, and be careful not to go so deep that you poke a hole in the back of the ear.

Hollow out the other ear and then use the end of your knife to clean up around the ears. In particular, remove any line between the forehead and the inside of the ear.

Also, take this time to round the edges of the ears.