|Project by LeroyTheLips||posted 12-14-2012 02:54 AM||875 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Carved this from an old oak plywood cabinet door. I finished this on my 60th birthday this year. I used a crooked knife (from Japan), wood chisels and Foredom chisels and grinding stones. Even used a 50mm #3 sweep Ashley Isles gouge. This was really helpful to take light controlled slices on curved surfaces. I had to make sure the knives were sharp to carve the plywood. I had a few unexpected areas where there were voids in the wood. I had to use putty to overcome that. The paint is airbrushed with an Old Masters Dark Walnut stain rubbed on/off. I first woodburned the image. This is a carving that a client from Japan commissioned me to make. I hope that she likes it. She is a music teacher and wanted something to hang up in her music room. She will be in the USA next week on a vacation and will get it then. She doesn’t know what music icon I was carving. I wouldn’t suggest using plywood as a first carving project. It is unforgiving and splinters unless you have very sharp tools and you carve on the bias. Additionally, I was unexpectantly running into small brads that were used to hold two 1/2” boards together. I didn’t notice it when I trimmed the edges to make the frame. All-in-all, I’m glad I made it. I choose plywood because it was there in my shop and it was free. It is about 18” x 18”. I have another one but it is 18” x 30”. I might make this with an Alice in Wonderland theme.