|Project by RusticJohn||posted 07-06-2014 05:29 AM||1241 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
The driftwood carving represents part of a green man’s face. Its a slice vertically through the eye. Difficult to know what the wood is but I suspect Rimu as it had the right look and feel and was relatively soft. I had quite some difficulty with the fine detail as lumps tended to easily flake away. Had to work with a very thin sharp knife and use slicing cuts rather than dragging ones. Very important to work with the grain. I like the challenge of converting a seemingly worthless piece of flotsam into a nice art work.
As an aside I was asked to teach some seven year old children carving. It was all a bit optimistic but I got them to carve potatoes instead. Much easier and quicker than wood and gave them a result to take home. The two photos show the one I made for them to copy. The kids did alright and seemed to enjoy the exercise.