carving "Thunderbolt" #2: Starting the Horse

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 01-18-2011 08:03 PM 1157 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The idea & the rider Part 2 of carving "Thunderbolt" series Part 3: Feets Finished! »

I found some images for mechanical horses and blowing one up to full 8×10 size appears to be proportioned correctly for my carving. I am using Lynn Doughty’s carving technique for horses. Basically the horse is made of several separate pieces of wood so that the grain can be properly oriented to strengthen delicate areas. And it also makes certain areas easier to carve! The grain in this piece is running from front to back because the legs are extended rather than being in a standing posistion. The body is actually two separate pieces with dowels joing the planed surface of the boards. This allows you to cut the profiles with legs in different positions. And it makes it much easier to carve the insides of the legs and hooves when you are carving them as separate sides. The legs and particularly the hooves are very delicate, because the grain is quite short in that area. I will complete carving the legs before gluing the two pieces together to finish carving the body and saddle. The body and the head will be separate pieces with the grain running vertically, but the techniques used for painting and finishing will hide any joint lines, plus basswood doesn’t have very distinctive grain patterns anyway. More to come!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 08:13 PM

This is going to be good… stuff…....................good start…....................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 09:17 PM

Dang it but I am glad I asked you if I could be a buddy! Good information, keep it up!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 09:59 PM

This is going to be cool

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 12:25 PM

2 pieces!!! interesting
that is one fine leg

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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