What started as a way to pass the time on Easter Island turned into a mini passion, and everyone's Christmas gifts.
How to Carve a Moai
First, I cut the piece of cherry wood to size and make some stop cuts for the chin, nose, and forehead with a hack saw.
Next is the most fun and tiring part. Most of the shaping happens with the adze, or "toki" as the islanders call it. It is quite a workout for your wrist but very satisfying.
An angle grinder with a sandpaper attachment (really rough, like 80 grit) makes quick work of all those splinters
The most time consuming part is this finishing step with chisels and sandpaper. I focused on thinning the nose and emphasizing the details that really make it pop.