|Project by shouldwood||posted 02-04-2011 05:25 PM||2637 views||2 times favorited||26 comments|
Finally finished this challenge in 2010. Had the whole year to do it being laid off from custom cabinet/furniture shop since December 2009. Didn’t have good excuse to run from my fears of completing the horse. Comparing to initial photos the face/head needed complete revamping. Nostrils too large; mouth/teeth were not consistent with original pattern; eyes facing sideways rather than forward; lack of knowledge of a horse’s anatomy, etc.
Put the horse in room where I slept, forcing me to see it each morning and studying why it didn’t look right. Researched classic carousel carvings more closely to determine why theirs worked. Am pleased with final results. In retrospect, can’t believe I attempted to take on such a large, difficult task as a first carving project. Too many problems to solve when not truly understanding an actual horse’s/carousel horse’s anatomy and trying to overcome the learning curve of carving a 3D object at the same time. Have learned a lot, however. Attempted to glaze it to give appearance of an antique.
As far as what to do with it, I have no idea. Still sitting in my bedroom collecting dust. Wish I knew of a way to advertise my skills; not necessarily in wood carving, but general woodworking. Not competent or experienced enough to make a profit on carving. Pondered if a bank with large windows in front would like to display it for a period, drawing attention to their business and hopefully mine too. Any recommendations from you all would be appreciated. Thank you.