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carving "Thunderbolt" #7: Heads Up!

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 01-31-2011 06:53 PM 744 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Shrinking Heads? Part 7 of carving "Thunderbolt" series Part 8: a Tail at last! »

I got the head finished and glued on this weekend! It turned out ok…ears may be a bit long?
You may notice that the ears are slightly darker…...they were soaked with the thin CA glue after carving, to strengthen this delicate area. Pretty sturdy now.

Carving is “subtractive-sculpture” in that you take away wood to create. And a lot of what you “see” is what is also the negative spaces created. The shadows that are created give depth and create illusions of bone, nostrils, and facial planes.

I drilled a 1/8” hole in the bottom of the head, positioned it at the angle I wanted, and then glued it up using a piece of old inner-tube as a clamp.

And here is the piece after the glue line has been carved and sanded. You can barely see it in certain areas now, but the edge if the blanket and normally the mane are used to disguise it usually. It will be completely invisibile after applying gesso and paint. I felt like the mane didn’t quite come down far enough to the saddle, so I carved and added an additional piece to the mane at the bottom…..I’m still looking at it and will probably re-carve or re-move that piece.

Here is how it is looking over-all…should be getting the tail on next. I have a lot completed, but there remains quite a bit…....the base, the mechanism for movement, the hat, paint, and finish. And whatever else I decide to change, remove, or add! But I am enjoying the process, despite my protests!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com



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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 07:14 PM

it’s a beauty!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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littlecope

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 09:49 PM

I’ve been following this along silently, thus far…
Very enjoyable blog Mike, You do great work!! The best part is, how much fun you’re having!!
Well Done my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dez

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 09:52 PM

Looking very good!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 12:57 AM

mike i think this is a grand job…i love the proportions of the horse and think it looks great…hurry with the tail though…its kinda weirding me out…lol…... good job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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TJ65

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 07:35 AM

And I thought there was something missing!!!!
looking good

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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mpounders

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 09:24 PM

He does look a little odd without the tail. But I gotta finish although other carving on the horse before attaching it…. it’ll be really thin the way I will be attaching it, and I bet I could bust it off if I get to doing too much. I am hoping to fit a small dowel in the end of the tail, but we will see!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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