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DIY Driftwood Horse Sculpture How-To Build (Reclaimed Wood)

Step 1: Choose Your Design

The way that you process your initial design is optional and can vary. You can use existing images on the web for inspiration or you can eyeball the design/shape manually from scratch.

A quick Google search for “driftwood horse sculpture” will yield all kinds of designs and animal figures that you can use for reference.

Driftwood Horse Sculpture - Step 1: Choose Your Design
An image search for “driftwood horse sculpture”. You can search for any type of animal.

In this case, I decided that I liked the rearing horse stance the best. For a simplified silhouette of the desired stance, I did a Google image search for “rearing horse coloring”. This search yielded image results that were black and white and meant for coloring in.

Driftwood Horse Sculpture - Step 1: Choose Your Outline
A quick Google image search for “rearing horse coloring”.

When I found an image with proportions that I liked, I converted the image to a vector and modified it for cutting out on the CNC machine.

Driftwood Horse Sculpture - Step 1: Create Your Vectors
Here’s an example of some vectors that were created from the original sketch.

You can download these above vectors in the links below. There is both an Adobe PDF version and an Illustrator version depending on what programs you use:

On the left you see a simulated CNC cut, and on the right the actual pattern is shown cut into the sacrificial wood.

The next step will detail assembling all of these wood cut outs into a “skeleton” frame of the horse.

What do you think?


Written by shareahack


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    hi guys :). I am looking for help for me and my girl. i am from France

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