Saturday, October 01, 2005

Day 1, Saturday, 10/01/05 Progress Apace

Today was a good day. It may not seem like that much progress was made, but I see 4 hours of blood, sweat, and tears. I've mentioned anxiety before and I'll bet you are wondering what could be producing anxiety on a simple woodcarving. Below, you will see what looks like the murder of my poor bird, but in fact I was just reducing the area under the chin so I could refine the beak. I'm using a particularly viscious tool called a tungsten carbide bit, in a Foredom power carving tool.

Guess what would happen if I hiccuped, or sneezed, or burped. . . yep, the beak would be mashed like a piece of hamburger. I don't like to have to glue pieces back onto my carvings, nor do I want to fill holes with wood putty. So I hold my breath and work very slowly and carefully.
Patience is the key.

So here is the result of today's effort compared to the original clay model. The wooden version is more refined and more accurate. So far I like the way the author is leading me through the steps to make the bird. I have some trouble translating from her bird's pose to mine, but I just vary a couple of steps and make it look like it should.


Humour and last laugh said...

nice blog!

lazyj said...

Coming along nicely!