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Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

Lucy of the “Hound Trio”

This is going to be a fairly ambitious carving of what I’m calling “The Hound Trio” for a new acquaintance and owner/lover of Basset Hounds.  One of the hounds will be standing and “conversing” with a little squirrel friend, another will be howling dramatically and a third will be trying to get some shut-eye with all the commotion around.

Here’s a very roughed-in version of “Lucy”, the squirrel lover.  I call this stage of a dog carving the “pig stage”, as I really think they look more like pigs than dogs at this point.  But, I make sure that changes.  I wonder if I tried to carve a pig, would it go through a dog stage?  Not sure.

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The roughing is done with the blank that I cut out earlier on the bandsaw and a “Typhoon” carbide cutter on a Foredom tool.  If you are not familiar with a Foredom tool, it’s much like a Dremel tool with a flexible shaft.  The carbide tip cuts very quickly and leaves a rough surface.  What is nice about it is that you can fairly quickly smooth out a general shape that you can later detail and shape with knives and chisels.  A word of caution even though I know that I’m repeating myself from an earlier post…these cutters are very aggressive and you absolutely must wear protective clothing including a leather apron and heavy sleeves, gloves and eye protection.  One slip and one touch of this cutter on any part of your body is bad news fast.

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This will be an enjoyable project and it’s nice to get started.

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2 thoughts on “Lucy of the “Hound Trio”

  1. Cheryl Caro on said:

    Oh I’m getting excited now!! A smile is already spreading across my face. 🙂

  2. I’m pretty excited about this one, too. I hope to get a few more pieces roughed in over the next little while…so, stay tuned.

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