Faux Fox

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Project by toolboxdiva posted 04-09-2011 04:00 PM 1393 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Again I was sitting in class, making sure a certain student didn’t lose a digit, (oh how I loved that class!!!).
By now I had looked through several patterns on line, this one caught my eye.

So I printed it out, and enlarged it until it was about 7” high, and about 10” long. I made sure I had 2 copies, then went hunting in the scrap bin. There was a piece of pine that fit the bill, so I glued the ‘pattern’ onto the pine, and cut the outline with the jig saw (I love that little tool, so maneuverable)

Then I used an awl to trace the pattern through the paper so that I could wash the paper off. The rest was done mainly with a fine utility knife. I have a set of carving chisels now, but find that the knife gives me better control over fine details. I really wanted it to look like it was assembled from different woods onto a base, so I masked off different parts while I stained it very carefully.

The whole thing took about 6 weeks, and a lot of sanding, it feels like silk, and I especially love the contouring in the face. To think that a scrap of pine can end up like this…. wow! It never fails to amaze me what can be hidden in the grain.

-- Toolboxdiva

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 05:48 PM

Cool project! I like your use of the contrasting stains on the pine. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 05:25 AM

Great work, I know what you mean about finding different patterns in the grain. I use one inch stock and sometimes as I sand or carve it down I’m so suprised as that grain works so well in the piece.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 02:57 PM

Foxy! I put up a Critter Camera in the backyard to watch my bird feeder, and I caught a nightime image of Mr. Fox scouting it out.

Like it!


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#4 posted 06-04-2011 04:08 AM

I would like to say how much I like your work. Both are fine examples of using the basics and using stain/s to the best use to make a work of Art.
Great Job

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 03-06-2013 08:38 AM

Very nice

-- Max, Thomasville, Georgia

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