|Project by Josh Carte||posted 01-18-2015 05:51 PM||1369 views||0 times favorited||25 comments|
Ezekiel is finished :) This has been a very fun and lengthy project commissioned to me by Pat Morley. Pat asked me to carve the Biblical Ezekiel based on a small bit of scripture. There were no pictures or guidelines to follow, only my interpretation. Ezekiel was to go through quite a change in his demeanor in Ezekiel 3:1-9, hence the movement of the piece. Carved in Basswood, finished with oil stain and urethane…. Thanks, Pat! Hope you love him :)
The measurements are 18” tall, 6” wide and 9” thick.
Oddly enough, I began this carving with a chainsaw :) I didn’t take any measurements for this piece- in the past, I would spend a lot of time taking measurements to get the proportions right. This time, I knew that the block of wood was pretty close to the size of a real human head, so I just dug right in there. The time spent with the chainsaw was fast and furious, giving me false hope that this would be a quick project. Detail work, sanding, staining and finishing take much, much longer than one might expect :) All in all, I spent around 4 days getting Ezekiel just as I felt he should be.
If I can offer any advice to someone new to Basswood….treat Basswood as any other hardwood- begin sanding aggressively, gradually moving toward a finer and finer paper. I like to end with 00 steel wool. The wool really smooths things out. Don’t rush! Basswood sanding takes a lot of time, but you’ll be glad you spent the extra time in the end. Much love!
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