WHAT I DID TODAY
I managed to get more of the black filled in. Some of the fingers, the whiskers and a few other African Blackwood infills. I also put in the middle leg with Ash.
The whole project looked so grubby from glue residue and smudges that I finally cleaned it up a little. It isn’t easy because many of the infill pieces are slightly proud of the background. I have been whittling these down with sharp chisels a little everyday. My intention is to handplane it when everything is finished. You might notice that most of the belly on the bottom is missing. This will be done tomorrow, I hope.
Here is a photo of progress to date.
WHAT’S TO COME
I’m getting close now to getting all the backgrounds finished. I still have the eyebrows the mouth, fire/tongue, eyes and the top and bottom belly pieces. I am hoping to get some of that done tomorrow.
For me, the most fun part will be when I start adding the details. These will be added to many of the already infilled areas, especially those with black infill. I think they will bring the picture to life and make it a lot more exciting. I am also hoping to find additional opportunities for more detail, but only where the will make the image more lively.
WHAT I LEARNED TODAY
Cutting the African Blackwood has gone well but the swarf can’t be entirely blown away as the cutting proceeds. It kind of balls up in front of the blade making it a little difficult to see the pattern line. I tend to look a little ahead of the blade anyway, so no big problems encountered.
A rather pleasant aroma is released while cutting the Blackwood. It is a familiar scent, but I couldn’t place it at first. After a few days I realized that it smells just like Bazooka bubblegum! Of course I haven’t had any for more than 35 years, so it took me awhile to remember!
I’m still looking for a good material for my thin pattern attachment. I found some 1/16” birch plywood used for airplane models that would be ideal, but it costs an arm and a leg. Please let me know if you have any ideas for me on this point. It should be strong and stiff.
Thanks for looking in.
-- Mike, an American living in Norway.