|Project by woodpezzer||posted 07-23-2012 12:12 AM||3761 views||26 times favorited||13 comments|
The variety of color, texture, smell and figure in wood never ceases to amaze me. Many woods are so beautiful I can just stare at the grain for hours. Some I love to sand just to have a pleasant scent wafting through the air. And other woods beckon to be touched and worked. I wanted a sort of record of all the species of wood I’ve used and decided to create a porcupine with exotic and domestic wood “quills”. There are 55 different species of wood on this critter. I plan to add to this with each new species I’m lucky enough to acquire by purchase, gift or found on the roadside.
The small porcupine holds a few pencils I like to keep handy while sketching projects. That one, I will keep nearby. The momma porcupine will go high up on a shelf well out of reach of any visiting youngsters!
The last picture shows the early planning stage using a 2 inch thick piece of polystyrene. I wanted to make sure the size of the porcupine body would be large enough for the number of quills I made with room for more down the road.
Both porcupines are finished with Watco Danish Oil followed by Watco wipe-on poly. It’s hard to tell from the crappy pictures (sorry) but the finish is actually really nice. I like that wipe-on poly!
Thanks for looking!