A while back, I saw a pattern done by Kathy Wise of a Clydesdale horse and a colt. I really liked the design for several key reasons. The detailing in the face was beautiful. I especially liked how the nose was shaped. I also liked how the hair on the hooves of the Clydesdale was done. At the time, I did not have a reason to do the piece, so I set the pattern aside for the perfect occasion.
A customer saw a recent horse project that I had completed and wanted a horse done for their wife’s birthday. He let me know that her favorite horse is a Clydesdale. Immediately, I thought of the pattern that I had stashed away. This is exactly why I put patterns that I like aside because I know that I will eventually have a reason to do them. I showed him the design, and he liked it as much as I did.
I began on the piece right away. This also gave me an opportunity to work out my new scroll saw that I just got in a few days before. The piece has a lot of detail and intricate pieces in it, so the scroll saw was a must to get this job done right. I planned all of the pieces and cut everything out. I made a few modifications to the original pattern such as adding in a few pieces that were not in the original design.
Once all of the pieces were cut out, I could begin my favorite part of shaping the pieces. This is my favorite because this is where you give your project life. Before, it is just a pile cut up wood. Shaping these pieces gives your project character.
I stared with the face. I was eager to get the nostril and the eye piece complete since these are major focal point in the face.
Once everything was shaped, I could begin assembling the design on the pine back board and seal the wood.
This piece ended up with 202 pieces and measures approximately 24”x24” made out of pine, cedar, dark walnut, light walnut, and aspen. I am extremely satisfied with the finished product. This is one of my most detailed pieces that I have
done and I feel like I achieved those key points in the design that originally drew me to the pattern.
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