The finished product is certainly not a masterpiece, but it was nice to play around and get introduced to a few new techniques. I had a very funny piece of wood, in that one corner of my workpiece tended to split when i carved it, which made it quite difficult to shape on that one side… i noticed the grain behaved very strangely in that area, so i learned a little more about the properties of wood too i suppose :)
I’m going to make another one in the future now that i’m back and once again have access to a few more tools than my pen-knife.
I was a little apprehensive about the stone inlay because I only had a gel-type instant glue, and indeed it looks very messy above. ahem… i’m not even sure if instant glue is the right thing to use for stone inlay?
after sanding it down it started to look a little more eye-pleasing.
like i said, it’s not a masterpiece, but I had fun doing it and it was a great learning experience :) i’ll just tuck it away in a drawer somewhere and then 10 years from now i’ll be surprised to find it and then curse myself for making something so hideous ;)
-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.