Carving Cradle For
Large Carvings
Large carvings are a rewarding challenge. While the work and time involved to create a large carving can be enormous, the results are almost always worth the effort.
One of the biggest challenges encountered in working with large carvings is positioning them so that they can be carved comfortably.
Many years ago I built the carving cradle shown below just for holding large carvings.
The pictures shown below are not laid out as a pattern, they are simply to give you an idea of how you can make your own cradle to help you with your own large carvings.

Notice that the carving is positioned on a slant. This allows me to more easily raise the carving from time to time to keep my perspective.

The overall dimensions of the cradle are:
68 inches long (at the floor level) / 35 inches from the floor to the top of the crossbars / 24 inches wide.

The carving cradle can also be used for very, very large carvings. This walnut log was over 12 feet long when I started carving it (I carved a large Indian face in it). Later I cut the log down to 8 feet long.

The crossbars at the top keep the carving from rolling during carving.

I used old pieces of carpet to cover the crossbars to keep from scaring the wood during carving.

The crossbars are bolted to the long platform to allow me to more easily take the cradle apart for storage when not in use.

The board at the bottom of the cradle acts as a "stop" for the base, keeping the carving from sliding down as I'm working on it.

The cross-bracing shown here was actually added after carving a few large Indians. The crossbars used to extend on down and out, but I found myself tripping over them when walking around the carving. And believe me, you don't want to trip when you are carrying razor sharp woodcarving tools.