I’ve pretty much completed the hockey gloves on this carving. Right now he just happens to be holding a chopstick…but, that’ll change to a hockey stick at some point soon!
I had originally entertained the idea of carving the gloves separately and attaching them to the arms later, but given that the grain direction is up-and-down already in the carving, I felt that the gloves would be plenty strong even if I carved them into the one block of wood. Having said that, it was a bit difficult carving in behind the gloves between the glove palms and the “boards.” I think that when I carve this particular figure again, I’ll give the separate glove carving a try.
If I can steal away a few more hours here and there, I’ll start work on the arms and sleeves and get some of those nice wrinkles and folds in place on his jersey.