Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

A Sandy Base

I’ve been poking along on my carving in between raking leaves, cleaning windows, raking leaves, getting the house ready for winter, raking leaves…did I mention raking leaves?

The base is my usual 1/2″ oak and I’ve added some sand for the beach scene.  The sand is once again a polymer mixed with aggregate that is used in the patio block laying business.  The nice thing about the mix is that once I screen out the larger pieces and am left with the “sand”, adding a little water activates the polymer and sets it rock hard.  I actually mix it with a bit of white glue and water to give it greater sticking power.

Here’s a photo of what it looked like while it was still drying.  Once dry, I’ll give it a couple of coats of sand coloured acrylic paint.  By the way, I’ve added a little sand pail and shovel along with some small shells.  The shells almost look real because…they are.





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2 thoughts on “A Sandy Base

  1. Haha it’s always the same with raking leaves,just as soon as you think you have them all…..more appear 🙂 sounds as though you have been very busy.
    The beach scene with the Muskoka chair looks fantastic,as always your attention to all the details is amazing,they bring your sculptures to life and make them stand out.


  2. Looks awesome. I ditto Lynne’s comment. Great detailing! Can’t wait to see it all come together!


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