|Project by Von||posted 08-09-2012 03:49 AM||1018 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
A recent wood carving I made. The head is temporary until I get myself a decent dremel (tiny hand held power-grinder like gizmo) so I can carve out faces and the finer details that a head would need.
She stands about 7 inches tall, body and arms are from the same chnunk of wood. (danged if I can name the shrub the wood is from… but OH MY it is some hard as nails & gorgeous stuff to work with—far far far harder than oak) The hands are, bleive it or not, done on a 4” by 36” belt sander. the hand details are NOT done with any blades or chisels. I use just the very edge of the belt.
The coloring is several applications of a RIT fabric dye. The finnish is several spray coats of clearcote satin wood finnisher. (from a bombcan, heh) I think it’s 8 layers with light sanding and polish work between every other layer; shines like plastic/glass in the right light.
This is the first “real” wood carving I have done in over 20 years. It certainly has been a while. I was recently able to start up a small hobby wooodshop. This is actually the 2nd project for the shop. The first one is a mass production of several bird figurine whirligigs. None of the ‘gigs are totaly done and assembled however, so no shots of them—-yet. After I get a few put together I will post them too. This carving is just what I do in the spare time while I wait for glue jigs and ‘gig parts to dry.