Wednesday, May 13, 2009
An exercise using wood Chisels
Well, I would have liked to head back out to the wood nymph, but it has been raining all day today. I can only imagine what the spongy wood must be like when it is soaked. ( maybe it would carve better!) I didn't want to get wet and my chisels needed a little touching up. So I sharpened up several of the work horses and decided to test them out on a small piece of scrap pine. Nothing fancy, it's just that pine is rather soft, similar to the semi-rotted wood outside. I kept it simple: just a basic feather. I could have cleaned up some of the edges or set the background down a Little better, but it was just to test the sharpness of the chisels. As I was walking around the woods with the cat tonight, I realized the usefulness of Chisels as opposed to Power carving ( chainsaws, dremels, etc...) I could not get an extension cord back that far from the house. And chainsaws are just noisy and perhaps a little overkill on some of the finer detail. Well, It took me a while to carve that simple feather, but with power tools I could have carved it up a little faster. Granted, I'm more familiar with the dremel than the chisels, But I'm trying to change that a little bit at a time. Maybe next time, I'll carve an acantheus leaf.