I followed Gene Messer's YouTube videos to carve this character from a block of basswood 1.5 x 1.5 x 4.75 inches, using a Mike Shipley knife and a V-tool. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VKYTA5eKXL8)
It was a lot of fun. Thanks Gene.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
So I've started bosting in (as master-carver Chris Pye would call it) - I'm lowering different sections of the wood down towards the levels or planes that they will have towards the end. For example I need to leave the thumbs high, but I need to cut the middle fingers down to a lower level.
The old lime-wood is dry and tends to fray and splinter, even after I sharp the tool I'm using at the time, so before I wrap the hands in plastic for the night, I lightly spray a mist of water over them to add moisture.
The tools in the picture are: Pfeil (Swiss Made) gouges, a Robert Sorby gouge, an Allen Goodman knife and a Helvie knife (coloured handle).
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I have been setting in the sides of the hands. That means I've carved the edges of the hands to make a 90 degree angle with the top surface (and with the base). The tool I used to guide me is an adjustable combination square, because my try square is too long to fit without hitting against the base.
Then when I start carving downwards (bosting in), the hands will not lose their outer shape.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
|Grounding out the background|