|Project by RusticJohn||posted 03-05-2014 04:41 AM||1016 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
A couple more driftwood carvings that I have just finished. Some of the designs are my own and some are from others. The first 4 photos show aspects of the actual carvings and the last 2 just show me using a scraper and a crooked knife on similar work.
Driftwood is not without its problems. Parts of it can be soft and other bits can be damaged by sand, bugs and wear and tear. The trick is to use all of these to advantage. In the first carving I painted some of the damaged wood a weathered green colour to highlight the broken up surface carving and to make the design a little more apparent.
Often the natural colour of the wood can be rather grey and uninspiring. I am not a great fan of stains but in these cases it is necessary to do justice to the carving. The advantage of the lighter woods is that they can be easy to carve provided very sharp, thin blades are used. You don’t want a blade that will push the fine detail sideways when cutting and so forcing it to break off.