Completing Arms and Goggles
I’ve added the arms in my usual way. Aside from the arm that is wrapped around the back of the driver and is carved directly into the wood, the other three arms were added separately so that the direction of the wood grain runs along the arm giving it the greatest strength.
You might be able to see from the photo that each arm had been placed in its rough location and then drilled through the shoulder with a 1/4″ bit followed by a wood dowel. This helped me ensure that while I was fitting the arm to the body the arm was ending up in the exact same spot every time I removed it for shaping. The shaping was done by shading the body with lead pencil and then letting that lead transfer to the “unleaded” arm. The resulting marks on the unleaded arm showed where the high spots were and they were simply cut away with a chisel or knife. Doing this several times mates the two pieces together very closely.
You can also see from the photo that the eyes within the goggles are starting to emerge. The driver is fairly wide-eyed and his friend is squinting and howling.
The little hounds are really coming along great Mark,love their goggles 🙂
Thanks Lynne. Wait until you see the ears that I worked on today!