Well I finally have made a little progress on this carving. There turned out to be allot of filling major cracks. So I actually had to block off the bottom of the stump and fill allot of tightbond glue. I finally got the stump to quit internal splits. I check the progress of wood expansion by using filler on the last 1/8” of split. I let it sit for a week or two and if the filler doesn’t show signs of expansion I know it has sealed inside. I don’t like to give up on a project. If it gives me allot of problems I will work the split into the carving some how!
I finally started to shape and proportion my carving.
I have 95% of the shape completed. Harry if you have to go deep on a split I use a blast of air from a small compressor to push it deep! Also vibration and gravity are a good combination!
Well I’am ready to start secondary planes, muscle groups, hair, fascial details! This gal is going to have one bad sunburn because I believe this wood is cherry wood. The extra set of hands I cut off this sculpture was sitting on my display table and some lady bought them. I’am going to have to make some more mistakes!!!!
-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"