I have a new idea for the series of sliding lid boxes that I have been making for the girls for Christmas. So far I have completed four but my daughter is leaving for the Philippines and then Borneo just before Christmas and one reason is to fulfil a long dream of seeing Orang utans.My teenage grandson suggested I do an Orangutan for her box lid. I thought OK but how? First lets find some images and print them in monochrome off the net and then sketch a few images.
The idea of a whole animal seems too much but what about a head and one hand and the hand could serve as the handle for the lid locking pin?
I’m thinking as a novice wood carver I am going to need more than a few rough sketches. Some sort of 3D model seems necessary and then I am suddenly transported back 60 years to kindergarten and Plasticine but do they still make that stuff? Maybe its been replaced by Playdo which is not the same – it dries out. A quick trip to town and the toy shops and Eureka !
Now the fun starts————
and again – the box was already made from a very old and very hard bearer from a 100 year old house.
My daughter will like it rough corners and all- because it is recycled- as long as I can smooth it enough to prevent splinters and fill some defects with araldite and carbon dust. to be continued——
-- David Australia