Spartan Helmet carving

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Project by BillGo posted 03-23-2021 01:50 AM 700 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project carving. I came across an interesting drawing on Pintrest, and decided to make these out of some basswood I picked up recently. One of my sons follows a streamer called “Spartikus” and he has a logo that looks like this, including the shape of the sword damage to the eye.

Probably one of the most interesting experiences, was working to create the shape and the carving, and then literally taking a hatchet to it to create the damaged scarring look to it. I found the basswood very soft and easy to shape, and it was probably a good choice to make the deep dent type details here.

The finish was a first attempt at a “dry brush” technique. I was trying to give it a grimy, worn look, and highlight the contours and detail.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#1 posted 03-23-2021 02:42 AM

Came out pretty good, nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 03-23-2021 05:39 AM

That’s cool as all get out, and the finish worked out well. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 03-23-2021 04:41 PM

Only change I might make if making one myself (and if I were brave enough to try) would be to use one of the metalic powder finishes to simulate the original bronze. As for the eye hole sword cut, all I can say as a past Olympic team sabre fencer is OUCH! Looks like eye patch time…

Beutiful job. I would be proud to hang it beside my (late 1960s) sabre any day.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 03-23-2021 11:04 PM

Thanks for the kind words Paul! I was a saber fencer in college myself! I wish we were closer, I bet you have some great stories! I like the idea of trying one with a bronze finish. I will keep that in mind. I felt the same way about the eye damage. I was trying to match a logo for a friend.

Thanks for the nice comment.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#5 posted 03-24-2021 09:01 AM

Very cool, that must look great up on the wall, good job!

-- - Here, for learning.

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#6 posted 03-24-2021 02:41 PM

Nice! Good job on the aging, as well.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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