Happy New Year 2013!
Happy New Year! It’s going to take a while to get used to writing 2013…I was just getting used to 2012.
Here are a couple of photos of my latest carving of the British Infantry Soldier. I haven’t come up with a good name for him yet, so, if you have some ideas, let’s hear them. The Niagara Carving Show is in April and I think that will be his first showing…fitting, given the Battle of Lundy’s Lane fought there.
Still a lot to carve, but you can see how he’ll be holding his musket at the ready across his chest. I’ll be adding the hands separately once I put the musket together. I find that this method of adding the hands works well when you are trying to carve the hands such that they hold something…in this case, the musket. Adding them with separate pieces of wood also gives you the chance to get the grain of the wood going in the best direction for strength of the carving. A hand or a small finger would break away with the slightest impact if the grain wasn’t going in the right direction.
Here’s a shot of the back-pack, ammunition pouch and canteen. I’m pretty sure that the two stripes indicate a rank of Corporal. He’ll also have a bed roll strapped up on the top of the back-pack and a hat when he’s finished.