|Project by KoryK||posted 11-25-2011 06:15 AM||6796 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
This is a new one that I just finished for my two year old granddaughter for Christmas. She really likes monkeys so I went searching for a pattern for one with no success to find one I liked. I finally found a very basic clip art picture and went to work making a pattern so it is pretty much original.
As usual, I ended up making a fairly simple pattern much more difficult than first thought. I really went for depth on this one and ended up carving the shapes as much as sanding and cutting. It ranges from 2 ½ inches on the hands and feet down to ½ inch at the neck and above the stomach. I used all 1 ½ inch thick wood to start and glued pieces together as needed to give more depth and carved down pieces for less. The feet and hands were a real challenge to get right because of the depth and detail. I had to reinforce the neck with metal to give it strength because I knew it was a very small area that the whole body’s weight would hang on.
It was made out of walnut, wenge, aspen, cherry, teak, ebony, and curly maple and is finished in a clear satin finish. Sanded down to 2400 grit. It is 24” x 14” and at the highest point 2 1/2” deep. It took about 50 hours to make the pattern and the piece.
No rest for the weary, now I start on a fairy for my other granddaughter who is five.
Thanks for looking!
-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory