A bit of Angel carving

Angel carved in Jelutong
Angel carved in Jelutong


Something I have wanted to do for ages is carve angels, don’t ask me why I have no idea. I was talking about it this time last year and now I’ve finally done it. Well I’ve carved one, the first of many, I hope.

I have tried to design an angel several times before but never got the right feel until now. I didn’t want a ‘cutesy’ angel. I didn’t want an angel that was specifically male or female, those in the bible are all male, most other angels seem to be female.

Carved from an offcut of Jelutong wood from another job, this angel isΒ  roughly 18cm tall, 11cm wide and under 2.5cm deep. I am now debating whether to do anything else to finish the figure.

The options under discussion are painting (maybe white maybe another colour), gilding – gold or silver, or just putting a wax finish on as is. I’m not quite sure as yet.

This is a wall hanging angel, and I have several other designs ready to go depending on whether I want to glue wood together to get a wider wing span or stick with the width of wood available.

I think that now I have found my angel ‘mojo’ I’ll be carving a few more.

I’d love to know what you think of this angel, leave me a comment below or on Twitter @StillerDesigns





Jutta M Stiller is a wood carver and sculptor specialising in Netsuke and Couture frames click here to subscribe to her newsletter ‘Tales From the Woodcarving Bench’ .


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Hazel

    Jutta this is beautiful πŸ™‚ personally I like to see wood so waxing would be my choice but I’m sure it will look wonderful which ever route you choose.

    1. Jutta

      Thank you Hazel πŸ™‚

      I know what you mean about seeing the wood, in a lot of timbers the grain stands out and begs not to be covered and I usually refuse to cover it .

      With Jelutong the grain is, for want of a better word, indistinct, there is no beautiful pattern within the grain. This makes it fantastic for carving and also a great candidate for being covered in something.

      Though I have waxed Jelutong before and it allows you to see the form and texture of the carving really well.

      I’m still deciding πŸ™‚ I might make some more so that I can test it out πŸ˜‰


  2. wally

    That is really beautiful Jutta and I’d like to see more of your angels.
    If the grain is not very distinct covering it makes sense.
    Simple as I am I can only think it would lookd good white

    1. Jutta

      Thanks Wally,
      I’ll hopefully be making some more angels in the future πŸ™‚
      I will be playing with the finishes aswell.

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