Ok, so it’s been a little while but I have now finished both the hernia repair convalescence and the Heart Pendant, I’ve already posted the finished pendant on my projects but thought I’d post the design steps that got me to the finished article.
So, this is the design I used. 2 figures forming the overall heart shape and with the space between them also forming a heart.
Using just knives and small gouges as I haven’t got my workshop up and running yet I started by just shaping the outside. As you will no doubt be aware Box is a very hard wood but also very satisfying to carve, especially when it has some minor imperfections like this piece does.
Th knife I use most is one I made myself from an old file with a stag horn grip. It has what some call a wharncliffe profile, others just consider it to be a detail knife. Either way it is a very thick blade for it’s size and that heft and feeling of strength makes it a lovely knife to use this way.
This is the knife I carry around with me for every day carving as it is very small, cutting edge is less than an inch and a half. But, it is incredibly thick and strong. This is really important as I love to have an extremely hard blade and do not temper my knives, I’m happy to spend the extra time and effort to sharpen them and I get the added reward of a blade that does not blunt even when caring very hard wood.
This is the finished pendant. It has now had a total of three coats of melamine laquer rubbed in and sanded back which gives it a beautiful silky feel.
All I need to do now is decide who I’m going to give it to.
-- Trev's Lakeland carvings - When the knife slips where will it go?