Whittle-Carving heads on wooden clothes pins gives a whole new meaning to the term “Pin Head” and yet the novelty of it seems appropriate. The wooden clothes pins were purchased at Hobby Lobby Craft Store and were made in China. The wood is fairly hard which requires a sharp knife that utilizes slicing cuts. The round ball at the top can be carved into a hat, hair or even a small head. The fun part is in the creativity of coming up with a different face for each Pin Head while letting your imagination and knife have a free rein.
These three photographs shows the three stages with a blank clothes pin, two partially carved and two completely carved Pin Heads. The Pin Heads are carved using the knife in the photo which is a sharp knife making slicing cuts in the fairly hard wood. The carved Pin Heads are finished with Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Preserver.
Pin Heads are fun carving projects and serve as training experiences for coming up with various facial expressions. The only way one learns to carve faces is to carve faces. Which is another way of saying, “Would be carvers would be carvers if they would carve wood.”
Pin Heads are waiting to be set free in round wooden clothes pin.