Well it’s finally warm enough to do some woodworking out in my shop so I decided to start a tool cabinet to hold the few planes I own & any other hand tools that would fit in it. I have plans to build a bigger cabinet that is transportable but for now this will do. My first criteria is that it will hold a Stanly #8 plane that I don’t currently have but hope to in the near future. I think that plane is near 24” long so the cabinet has to be long enough to hold it. I made a list of all the planes I plan on getting and added them to the list of tools I already own (I now I can’t be the only one out there with such a list). This gave me a good idea of how big I should make the cabinet. Next step was to do a Sketchup drawing, not much to look at but I needed something to work off of.
When I took a marquetry class a few years back I had started a picture of an Osprey Hawk so I finished it when I got home and there it sat under a bed for years. It’s not the best but I didn’t have the hart to trash it so this seemed like a good project to use it on.
Now what to do for the sides well I have carving chisels so what the heck might just as well give some relief carving a try. Now when I posted my ball and claw foot stool and said that it was my first carving I did, I should have also said it was my only carving I ever did so please go easy on me. I made a tracing of a couple of photos and transferred them to the sides.
This is the start of one of the sides.Close to being done but not quite sure when to stop trying to add or refine the details.I used some small files on them & I do want to clean up the sides around the carving but I don’t want to put any sandpaper to it until I’m sure I’m done carving. I was told once you put sand paper to the wood you risk dulling the chisels if you go back to carving again.
I’ve seen some beautiful carving out there so if anyone has any advise I would sure appreciate it, including any good books on relief carving as I’m just guessing on the process.
-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams