|Project by RusticJohn||posted 06-26-2015 05:31 AM||832 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This is a flat relief carving in Macrocarpa (Monterrey Cedar. I don’t usually carve like this but I thought I should try to carve like everyone else with chisels and gouges. Although I did finish off the fine detail with my usual carving knives. The total time taken was about 180 hours. Its one of those jobs you would have never started if you knew how long it was going to take. After a while you have so much effort invested in it you have to keep going just to realise the benefits. Besides I am not one for abandoning carvings once started. The size is 24 inches by 8 inches and was originally about 2 inches thick.
A lot of the difficulties was caused by the wood. It was milled about 25 years ago and sat untouched in a person’s basement. Consequently the wood was very dry, had small internal splits and was quite flaky to cut. Usually I get a nice clean cut that needs little sanding but cuts on this were hairy and rough. This led me to a variety of finishes that I don’t often use. Dremel, floats, rolled up sandpaper, special bent chisels, purpose made scrapers and even a prototype home made hand rasp with hand cut teeth. By the way I was using very sharp tools. Got there in the end and made a reasonably good job of the whole thing.
I am going to have a break by making some furniture. Its much easier. However I do feel tempted to have another go using the same wood and employing all the lessons I have learnt. Wait a while to get this one out of my system.