Carving can take a toll on your body like anything else. make sure you stretch, walk around and don't try for one more cut when tired. LOL. Now to make me hear that advice.
I am waiting for a referral to a hand surgeon to see just what this alien creature really is. I thought it was a wart at first but then it began turning blueish. My doctor thinks it might be a herniated tendon caused by overuse carving so long and hard.
I am working on a commission of an Ark for a clients young grandson. I want it to be touchable so the young man can move the animals and perhaps even play with them. I am starting with larger sturdier ones and will move onto the more fragile ones. I hope he will pass this on to his own children and Grandchildren.
Everyone asks how I know what to carve. Well, I don't. I look for the answers in the wood. I wondered which animal would be first. The lion won out being that he is the King of the beast. Here are some photos of the lion and lioness as I work on them. At the North Arkansas Wood Carving Show I picked up "more tools". "Hi, my name is Wanda and I am addicted to tools!" Maybe it is because I wasn't supposed to touch any of Daddy's. I just knew tools were the measure of a person because he didn't want to share his. I got another set of Dockyard tools from Larry Yurdis at THE WOODCRAFT SHOP in Bettendorf Iowa. These are what are called dogleg in varying sizes. They are great for getting in tight places like under beards, chins and legs of animals.
I found it good to separate the upper thigh from the body of the big cat. I did say I am a tool junkie didn't I? As a barber, I found that if you varied from scissors to razor to clippers, you minimize hand fatigue. The same goes for carving.
I think this shows what that tiny toothed wonder does to the wood. The forehead was smooth until I added the hair with the tool. It did take a bit of learning to get it to look the way I wanted it.
Then I had to add it to his body. I also stabilized the legs with super glue and a product called Insta set to quickly set the glue. Since a child may be handling it, I took that precaution on the legs, ears and tail.
I use a plastic lid from margarine, whipped topping, oatmeal etc to catch any super glue drips. You can sand any irregular stuff out of the super glue. He is finished as far as carving goes. I am not going to start on the lioness and take more photos for you to see her progress and how I deal with problems of this kind of blank.
I used a detail master to burn some of the hair, nose and pads on his feet. He decided to pose with some of my girls since they sneak him tidbits of food!
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