|Project by Roman Hrytsak||posted 08-14-2011 08:51 PM||3578 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
My carving buddy Cliff obtained the basswood blanks in exchange for me guiding him through this carving. After many hours of carving, painting and generous insertions of beer, he got a nice piece that he mounted on a fencepost base and I constructed the abstract tree! PS Had to clear away the dust at the end of each carving session!
This is a full size pattern and the piece stands 18 inches high and 14 inches wide with an 8 inch diameter mahogany base. In my carvings I try to make the habitat as close to real as possible. I had some scrap tupelo lying around in my shop and I got out the glue and tried to simulate a tree hit by lightning. The woodpecker is harvesting any beetles he could find. I also try to make the mount and base as tight a fit as possible so I make a template out of ‘bondo’ to connect the base to the tree cleanly. The bondo portion is easily carved and provides a strong attachment(seen at the base and branch connection).
The pileated is not a black bird but a very dark brown, a colour I obtained by using a lot of washes of red and various tones of blue acrylic paints. I hope you enjoy this one. RH
-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!