Wood Carvings by Mark Sheridan

On With the Carving

It’s time to put the clay aside and start some carving.

I glued a couple of pieces of basswood together to get the right thickness and used the clay sculpture to come up with a pattern to cut out on the bandsaw.  Again, I’m doing the head and body separately.  I’m also going to try to do the body in one piece and so oriented the grain in a way that will run up and down the arms as they’ll be fairly slight once the carving is finished and will require a bit of strength.  Another weak point will be the legs, and the grain is running in the right direction for their strength as well.

I’m cooking up a couple of ideas about the load that he’ll be carrying and how part of that load might be touching the ground so as to provide another contact point for the carving.  More to come on that.




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