Photo – Opportunity for the Hounds
Well my little Hound Trio on the Louisiana dock is now finished. I’m very proud of the way that this carving shaped up.
It’s actually quite a large carving at about 14″ by 14″ at the base with the “longest” hound at 7 1/2″ and the “tallest” hound at 5″. I like the expression and character of each of the little Basset Hounds as well as the little squirrel.
The dock area and base really turned out to my liking, also. I really put a lot of relief and depth into the dock with lots of cracks and imperfections, nails along the plank lengths, some broken planks with a bent nail where a plank had been less than carefully pried away and ropes wound around the piers to protect little fishing boats that tie up for the night.
This is a Louisiana scene so the Cypress knees were added to that effect. I like the way that they turned out and the way that they balance the dock scene.
The base itself came from a real nice piece of red oak. The grain just turned out beautifully as I think that between the rolling contour and the fairly strong grain pattern you’re left with an impression of a water scene.
I like this carving and am glad that the idea was offered up…I would definitely not have come up with this idea on my own!
Enjoy the pictures below and please click on the Flickr site on the links to the right of this page to take a look at some additional photos. Enjoy!
That is one awesome piece! Beautifully done. A true work of art Mark. It takes more than a concept to make a true work of art. That my friend comes from a talented artist. And that you are! Thank you for making my idea come to life. This piece will be admired for many many years. Cheryl
Absolutely unbelievably gorgeous! The expressions on their faces are ones that all of us who are owned by Bassets can appreciate because we see them daily. The poses are so lifelike, and your skill is really perfection. So now I must ask – Cheryl, a picture just doesn’t do this artwork justice, so will you adopt me so that I can look at it, drool on it and admire it daily? :o)
Thanks for getting me started on this project, Cheryl, I really enjoyed carving this for you. I hope that a hundred years from now your family is still enjoying the Three Hounds. Mark.
Yolanda, thanks for following this carving and weighing in with your comments. Stay tuned!…I think that you’ll enjoy the next project…especially if any of your Basset Hounds play the banjo or are thinking of taking it up. Mark.