Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I used a Razertip unit to burn in the hair. I started on the rear legs burning in small c lines. I didn't like the way it looked, so I carved off that part and started over again burning in small s lines. I also used a gouge to carve the area around the ribs to break up that smooth look. Depending on the grain of the wood it made a difference on the heat setting on the burner. It's the first time I did hair like this, so I learned a lot. Next step is to paint the wolf.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I thought it would be interesting to see the progress of a carving. I started from a block of basswood 2 inches by 5 inches tall by 8 inches in length. I used a band saw to cut out the side view. The wolf is hand carved with a knife and gouges, then lightly sanded for the next step of burning in the hair.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I had a request to show all the relief carvings that we did as a club project. This is the only picture I have and shows how we displayed them. One vertical grouping of five and eleven in another grouping. It went over quite well as we had a lot of great comments.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
The hillbilly is a good beginner project from Gene Messer. They are fun and quick to carve with just a knife and a v-tool. He is carved from a blank, one inch square by six inches long. I like to do a variety of carvings, to break up my projects that take up a lot more time.