Well, after two sweaty hours out in the shop today in ridiculous humidity, I was able to wrap up the last of the carving and put on the final touches.
Here it is with the basic shaping and sanding complete.
Then I went back with two different sized nail sets and gently hammered in a scale patter on the dragon heads and necks:
And finally used my carving chisels and chip carving knife to cut the year numbers.
Now it’s time to put a coat of clear shellac on the carving (those teeth are small enough that I want at least a minimum of protection…) and star work on mounting it to the bench!!
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