A Rough Looking Trio…
The three little Basset Hounds are roughed in and I’m quite pleased with the way that they are looking. It’s incredible how often you have to stop carving just to look at them and chuckle.
“Sky”, the howler, completes the trio. As usual, I first cut the outline on the bandsaw. This photo shows the first cut and I later, very carefully, drew on the plan ( from the top ) view of a rough outline and cut that out on the saw as well. I say “very carefully” as you need to take a great deal of care on the bandsaw and always ensure that you are sawing against a stable, flat, base on the figure. Anything else just does not give you the control that you need…remember, these tools are powerful and can quickly pull a workpiece out of your hands if it does not have a completely stable and flat base.
After doing some initial roughing with the Typhoon bit on the Foredom tool, Sky started to take on a nice shape. Whereas the other two, and most of the dogs that I carve, go through the “pig stage”, Sky looks as though she’s going through a seal stage! One of the reasons for the seal look-alike is that I’m going to have the front legs pulled close together with the little paws turned outward.
Now, come on…does this already look cute and hilarious, or what? Don’t you want to run down to the pet store right now?