|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 02-02-2011 07:09 PM||6986 views||0 times favorited||33 comments|
Today I am showing you another just-finished project, a Female Torsos (a trunk of a nude female) Bas-Relief entirely hand carved on a 1 ¾ inch board of Pau Marfim (Balfourodendron riedelianum) that is a tough, close grained and quite hard Brazilian wood. It is intended for sale and will take part of my debut commercial strategy towards a likely target buyer: a traditional jewelry store (please, refer to my previous project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/39981).
I got that inspiration from a not detailed impressionist gravure that lent me the body silhouette only. Considering that I got no live model to show me the anatomical details, I had to carve them relying only on my human body researches and personal sketches. The bas-relief represents a young and vigorous woman standing on a twisted attitude while holding upper head her hair coils. The base is a removable single slab of the same wood joined by means of two strong steel pegs.
The determinant factor for the actual dimensions of the silhouette was the available board width (very rare and unique). So, I devised the largest sketch that should fit tight to that board, except for the right arm that would be built upon a board extension attached with steel pegs and epoxy glue. Considering that I have no band saw as well as respecting the toughness of that wood, I previously hand drilled a row of holes contouring all the external side of the silhouette in order to make easier the action of the bow saw. Then, I trimmed the rough profile to the exact silhouette by using gouges and rasps.
Then, the carving work was performed from the legs to the head where I had to glue pieces of photocopies of my personal sketches in order to define clearly the details of the hands and the face. The finishing was done with an opaque acrylic varnish.
Dimensions: 25 ½” high x 15” wide x 1 ¾” thick
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Dilo Marcio Fernandino
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil