Each Christmas I try to carve my mother a little Santa out of wood. I’ve been doing this for the last 4 or 5 years and have made a bunch of different Santas…. everything from a Banjo playing Santa to a Santa painting a candy cane. This year, I decided to make a Rock Climbing Santa climbing a chimney. I took pictures to document the process.
The process starts with a block of wood. After I sketched the basic top, front, and side views onto the block I used a band saw at work to cut the basic shape.
Once that was done I brought the wood home and used my dremel to carve out the basic shape. I used a coarse bit to remove most of the excess wood and then a sharp end mill type bit to clean up.
Unfortunately my pictures of the carving process itself came out pretty poor. This one shows the later stage after I had separated the arms and cut between the Santa and the chimney but before the details of the harness and face were added.
Once the carving was complete, I sanded down the figure with a sanding bit and a few strips of sand paper. Then I applied one coat of white paint to the whole piece.
After that dried, I painted the brick with a dark red paint. I kept my brush very loose to keep the red out of the carved area that defined the individual bricks. This gave the brick a really rough look.
Finally I painted Santa himself. He got a bright red coat with ivory white details.
He also got a festive green harness.
The only real problem was that Santa’s left foot is magically passing into the chimney. We can either pretend that:
1) there are some missing brick’s where Santa’s left foot is.
2) Santa is magic
3) Mike D miscalculated the size of Santa’s left foot.
Either way, I consider this Santa a success.