|Project by Richard||posted 06-29-2011 08:43 PM||3759 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
Hello, fellow chip-monks.
This is my interpetation of a form of African Fertility or Earth Mother doll.
They are not toys. These were given to young women at their coming of age and were carried/’fed’/cared for by them as a training aid and an open sign of availabily for marriage. They were used to insure beautiful and numerous children.
Stock is recycled, scrap 1”x8” white pine shelving glued to create 2” x 8” x 18”
Finished size is, roughly, 12”h x 6”w.
The first photo is my ‘pattern’. (novica.com)
Most of the time I just need something to look at and freehand the rest of the way.
The project is still in at ‘ROUGHED IN’ status as I am currently finishing another customized one at a co-worker’s request.
Still have hours of sitting, standing, sweating, swearing, shaping, sanding, singing/talking to myself and the buhl-dawgies or… most important… making dust… lots and lots and lots of dust (wheeeeeee!).
When she is completly shaped in, she will get two or three coats of “Valspar” black satin, maybe some edge aging, beading and then, brass rings from jawline to shoulders and arms and ankles.
Will update when I can… headed to Portland, Oregon at 0500hrs, tomorrow and offline.
Will be back on 05JUL11
Drive carefully… that last speed bump yelped. (wiggy-ism)
-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.