|Project by RusticJohn||posted 08-23-2013 10:35 PM||1895 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
The first carving is made from a ratty old piece of Gorse driftwood. There were times when I despaired of ever getting a result from it but sheer cussedness prevailed. The wood was soft-ish and slightly punky in one place. I ended up using a very fine double edge carving knife to do the work. The advantage was that it was thin and didn’t push the wood sideways too much when carving fine detail. Also the blade is HSS so could be made very sharp. The largest head is about 75 mm long and the smallest about 25 mm. There are flowers and acorns scattered around the piece to give a garden feel to it. I had to stain the wood as the natural colour was a dirty light green. This was done with some trepidation but the result was very pleasing.
The second carving in the last picture is just something I knocked up in a spare moment. The wood came out of a volcanic lake and was like chalk to carve. I must start using proper wood like everyone else. There were lots of challenges, again needing very thin and sharp knives to get a result. The work is about 200 mm long.