Saturday, March 14, 2009
Viking Funeral for Carvings!?!?!
So where do carvings go when they are damaged beyond repair? Three days ago, One of the cats, acting more like a monkey than a earth bound creature, climbed up on the storage cases and tipped over one of my "deer of the world" collection. The Axis deer. It fell from a eight feet and shattered it's antlers. ( incredibly, the legs withstood the blow without so much as a crack!) I took the damaged piece in my shop to repair it, But alas, the damage was too severe. One impact point was crushed with several small fibers missing. Well, the axis deer was not one of my favorites anyway. And the "Deer Of The World" collection is missing several other members for the complete set. So I decided to give it a proper retirement and send it to the burn pile. It's not the first carving I've burned, and I doubt it will be the last. Besides, it's the process, not the end product I'm passionate about. I might have tried harder If my prize winning "Bugling Elk" or my "Wading Moose" Or my prehistoric "Irish Elk" . But the axis deer was rather boring and I can always carve a better one if I feel the need. But on to happier tidings! I build Cheryl's two end tables tonight and she is thrilled with them! I'm quite pleased. They where fairly easy to make and now it is up to Cheryl to paint and finish them. She says I need to take a picture of the living room after I finish making the TV stand. I hadn't realized that I have made almost all of the furniture in the living room now. ( Grins proudly! )