|Project by John Fleming||posted 06-02-2010 07:51 AM||3228 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
This is the last project for my first semester in Carving a Palomar College.
I had no previous experience with carving and really thought will this be impossible. I did not have any background in art or drawing. So how in the world did I carve anything like this?
I posted this so everyone can see that good teaching and personal persistance can help you accomplish anything. I see projects on LJ all the time that just amaze me.,, and I have to remind myself all is possible.
The second picture shows our blank with the pattern we use to guide us. The major area I had a problem with was the large rays, I just could not get them to be round or look at all like they should. My instructor just kept saying you have to not be afraid to carve take away the wood and then make it look pretty.
The fine detail part just clicked for me I understood what to do by watching the insrtructor do the demo. So each person has to discover how it works or what to do next in carving. I have to say it is as close to the wood as you will ever get. The wood does speak to you by the way it reacts to the chisel.
I had a great deal of fun. This newport shell is certainly not perfect and is missing some key elemnets but I ran out of time and just wanted it finished.
Woodworker in Training
-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA