Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tree Carving Day 9, Things are looking pretty good!
Lots of pics tonight! It has been raining pretty steady lately, so I decided I would try to get her inside tonight. But before I did, I tried to take off as much waste timber as possible. In addition, I decided that I would actually make her a 360 degree carving. Something I have not yet attempted on a scale this large. She just doesn't look right if I leave all that wood and bark on her back. I may regret this later, but for now, I think it might be the right decision. Anyway. With the chainsaw in hand I hashed out a few more shallow cuts to chip out with the straight chisel. Oh! By the way! The Swiss chisel I bought from woodcraft is AWESOME! It plows through the toughest areas and has not chipped yet. The metal it is made of must be on par with the two construction chisels that I use. I don't want to talk bad about Grandpa's chisels, but I think they are some type of cast iron. They "chip" instead of dull as I use them. I'll keep them around for light duty, but for now, I think I'm going to start slowly replacing them with the Swiss ones ( as the money allows, of coarse) Oh! Quick note, even thought they brag that they are factory sharpened, It's a good idea to sharpen them when you get them home. It makes a BIG difference! Getting back, She is now inside where it is warm and dry. I didn't really want to be out side when the snow started to fly. ( it already snowed here yesterday, but it didn't last long. I'm hoping at this point that I won't need the chainsaw anymore and can just work on cleaning her up a bit. her hair needs some work and so does her backside. Perhaps I'll enter her in the Woodcraft carving contest after all!