|Project by Heidi Neely||posted 09-29-2011 04:15 AM||2189 views||2 times favorited||32 comments|
This is a cool little design that i liked, so I carved just for fun…something to get me back into the shop again after an unfortunate departure from it over the summer.
It’s done on a scrap piece of maple that was just laying around the shop. The finished project is roughly 7”x11”. Same as all of my other carvings, this was carved completely with hand tools…no power carvers or CNC! One thing i like about hand carving is the appearance of tool marks in the finished project. I think it gives hand made items a little bit of an extra “charm”, so i purposely left the background a bit wavy (and actually went back in after sanding to add a few more tool marks that had been sanded away) :)
I stained it with some left over stain from one of my BF’s jobs, and finished it off with a few coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish in semi-gloss. As with all my projects, it’s the process and the experience in carving that I enjoy and take away from it, which to me is more important then the overall perfection of the piece. My carvings aren’t perfection by a long shot, but I thoroughly enjoy making each one :)
Any comments positive or negative are welcome, and thanks for looking!
-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”