Thursday, August 09, 2012
Grab a chisel
Why does it feel like with every step I take forward, I end up two steps behind myself? This has been a week that hasn't been all that productive, but the baby steps I've been taking have all been necessary.
First - if you've read this blog for any length of time, you know I can be a little obsessive about things. So there was just no way I could live with the poor job I did on the lettering that I carved - the first thing I did this week was correct it.
The "G" was a little skinny, so I sketched some wider lines on the wood,
and then carved it away.
Luckily, I saved a bit of that brown Milkpaint that I'd mixed up, and painted the newly carved area.
With that behind me, I tried to focus on carving. I've had so many drawings and sketches floating around, I think I've been seeing them in my dreams. I was on a visual overload, and decided to just start carving, to help me focus and choose a design.
Just pick up a chisel and do it!
Here's a piece of Sassafras, planed and ready for carving.
Add some artwork and grab a chisel.
The artwork was transferred onto the wood with carbon paper.
Dennis Patchett has been teaching a carving class at the shop, and he recommended routing away the waste with a straight bit. So - I removed most of it with a half-inch bit, and then used a much smaller bit to get in even closer.
There isn't much more than a 1/32" left to be carved away.
Both flat chisels and small gouges helped to round over the edges.
With a little bit of sanding, these dogs start to take shape. This sample is only about fourteen inches wide, and still needs a little work, but I was so pleased with it, that I decided to go for broke and start the headboard.
But of course - there is one more fly in the ointment! The morning I was going to start carving, my friend Stacey sent me a drawing of a schnauzer - and you know how I love those!
I decided to play around (one last time, I swear!) with the design.
And yes - in the end, I added a few schnauzers into the line of dogs.
Here I am, routing away the waste. This was nasty, hot, sweaty, dirty work. We had a heat alert today, and the sawdust stuck to me like little fleas.