View From the Back 8/27/08

Still not looking quite like a cat, but getting there! 🙂

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More Roughing Out of the Shape

Here you can see the head starting to take shape

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Carving Begun…8/21/08

Getting started on the basic shape of the carving

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The Blank…cut and ready for carving

The pattern was traced onto the glued up block and bandsawed to make the blank that I’ll begin to carve

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Making the Blank

Because of the large size of this carving, three 3-inch thick pieces of basswood were planed smooth and glued together. Glued and clamped, the blank will be strong and less apt to crack than if I used one thick piece of wood. One large piece would probably include both heartwood (closest to the center of the tree), and sapwood ( closest to the bark) which dry at different rates. That difference can cause stress cracks, or “checks”.

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Clay Model

Sometimes transforming 2-dimensional images to a 3-dimensional sculpture can present some uncertainty in the design. Here I use clay to make a 3-dimensional model. This helps me to “figure out” the basic shape of the carving. No details are needed here. Once I have the basics worked out, I can then make sketches of the subject from different angles. These will become my pattern.

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Getting Started

Some of the reference material and drawings.

The first step in designing a new carving is to collect as much reference material as possible.

Some of the reference material and drawings.


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