|Project by RusticJohn||posted 09-15-2013 07:53 AM||1401 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I was quite pleased with this carving. The original wood was pretty dismal and I couldn’t see anything in it. Also low relief carving is not my strong point and so I had to work hard to get a good 3D effect. However bit by bit a face began to emerge. The wood is thin so it was a matter of cutting deep enough to get the relief without unduly weakening the thing. In fact it did get a bit thin in places.
The wood is pine and is full of holes. I stained it to give a more pleasing colour and to bring out the features. The whole exercise has convinced me that there is always a great shape hidden in wood. The trick is to look hard enough to reveal the inner beauty. Just like people really.