Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Girl with Wind in her Hair. Tree Carving day 3.

I originally was going to only work on her for a couple of hours, but ended up working for about 4. It seems with only 4 hours of carving, you just don't get as much done as when I was spending 8. ( makes sense!) Anyway, It snowed and snowed. They said only 1 inch but now there is at least 4 on the ground! I had nothing better to do, so I set up a small tent and chipped away through the dark and snow. I worked on her nose mostly. I always seem to make the face flat. But my last one turned out pretty good because I made the nose stick out more than ever before. Hopefully as I sink the face in, this one will work out just as well. Also something I want to experiment with this one that I have never done before. I want to put her hair blowing across her face! I'm kind of excited about this! Having never done this before, I want to be sure to leave a lot of excess wood on her face so I have something to work with. And finally: My tools for the day. A few additions to the mix, but mostly I stuck to the rough out ones. I know the pics are crappy, but it's still early in the carving. And I have not made the huge strides like I did with the last one at each posting. Enjoy!

4 comments:

Rory -The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

You carving is terrific. Can you tell me what kind of wood you prefer to carve and if you are carving while the wood is "green" or if you are letting the wood cure first? Any problems with cracking and splitting? And thank you for the nice blog. -Rory-

The Great Ethan Allen said...

Sure thing. I love oak! But I have carved maple, cherry, and even pine. Oak is one of my favorites when i can get it though. I definately like carving things when they are green. Yes they do crack from time to time. Depending on the species of wood, but you can repair them easy enough with shims. Cured wood is so hard! If you are going to power carve. then cured wood is best! The green wood clogs the bits too frequently. If you are able to get the bark off, the wood will dry out fairly fast, even faster as you carve it. have fun! chisels are awesome for these really dlarge projects.

L. D. Burgus said...

I am behind on checking people's blog. Good for you, another log with a lot of work ahead of you.

Rory -The Greentiques Solution Guy said...

Thanks for the advice. I have done some carving, but it has been limited to small pieces. I have always wanted to take on a log and may try it before too long. Keep up the good work. -Rory-

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