Whittled pine horse - Fresian stallion

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Project by wyeth posted 11-24-2012 10:59 PM 9213 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this whittling based on the definition – a wood carving created by holding the object in one hand while using the carving tool in the other.
It actually stands 40 cm or 16 inches tall and is composed of 3 separately carved pieces – one for each side and one for the head and mid-body. These are glued together after most of the carving is finished and then final touches completed.
Mostly I used whittling knives but the basic outline for each section was cut out on the band saw and I did a bit of dremel work on the eyes and nostrils.
I also used a power chisel to speed up some early roughing out.
The overall style is based on English Folk Art toy carving.
The plan is to add colour in an antique style. The basic horse colour will probably be white. I was planning black but think that might tend to hide the details too much.
At present it has just 3 layers of shellac.
With colour I plan to use at least 3 layers of off-white , blue-grey and white then sand back to reveal the wood at the carved ridges to give a worn effect.
If it turns out OK I will post the result.
So far it has taken 2 weeks of working on it most days and spreading wood chips from one end of the house to the other.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 11:26 PM

good job

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 01:08 PM

Very nice carving David. Glad to see you didn’t sand out your tool marks. Most people don’t realize the difficulty in carving dimensional in the round objects.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 11-25-2012 03:00 PM

A fine job on this. It’s beautiful as is but PLEASE post the end result.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 10:13 PM

That looks really good to me .

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 12:36 PM

Thanks for the comments – i have started painting it so will put up the end result soon I hope.
Jim – yes I do want the rough tool marks to show through as I want it to have a folk art feel. The idea is to have a few layers of different colors and then sand back to bare wood on the raised edges to give an aged effect.

-- David Australia

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