|Project by KoryK||posted 02-28-2012 01:20 AM||5744 views||8 times favorited||30 comments|
Explanation: I wanted to make a piece that was a little more difficult and I think I went overboard. 402 pieces and 140 hours later this is what I ended up with. Hope yall like it.
This one is another in a series of carousel animals that I’m trying to find a good place to donate them to. I found a picture on the internet and had to cut out the Mom and baby that were sitting there waving at the camera. I really liked the giraffe but it was cut off at the belly, so I had to wing it on the legs and hooves while making the pattern. It was by far one of the hardest that I have ever tried. It was very delicate to cut out all of the aspen because it had to be done in one piece for all the major pieces (face, neck, and each of the legs) as you can see in the last picture. It also had A LOT of very small pieces to cut, sand, glue, and find on my hands and knees when I dropped them. After cutting out the aspen I cut out the Osage to place in the aspen to make the spots and started to sand after that to get the basic shape of the giraffe itself, then started on the saddle, blanket, and harnesses. I did some hand carving on the ornaments on the saddle and if you look close the yellow heart for the borders is only about 1/16 of an inch wide. Putting the swirl in the pole is always hard but these poles are longer and took more time.
It was made out of 15 different types of wood: aspen, Osage, yellow heart, curly maple, wenge, Purple Heart, blood wood, koa, Indonesian Rosewood, cherry, walnut, lace wood, zebra wood, lignum, ebony. It is 2 ¾ feet tall by 1 ½ wide. No stains were used to achieve any of the colors and is finished in satin.
-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory