Blowing in the Wind
No, not Peter, Paul and Mary…just a few Basset ears. With the ears taking shape, the car has really picked up some speed. It sure doesn’t look like a static carving any longer.
I carved the ears much like I did the arms in my usual fashion of fitting them with the use of a small bar of sketching lead used on the two mating parts to highlight the high points. With some gentle carving and shaping, you end up with a really tight fit that becomes stronger than the wood once the epoxy is applied.
As a note of interest, the lead that I’m using is a piece that I bought at an art store a decade ago when we went to France for a short vacation. We brought that along with a large piece of paper and were able to make an etching of the headstone of a great uncle of mine who sadly died in Cambrai during the last few days of the first world war. That was quite an experience.
I should also mention that I attended just a super professional carving competition and show in Belleville on Saturday. Very well organized. The Belleville situated “Quinte” club meets twice a week for carving and socializing and is about a 40 minute drive for me from door to door. Guess who’ll be joining that club? I entered “A Moving Experience” in the competition and received a 1st in Caricatures, 1st in Open and People’s Choice Award. I met some great people and saw some great carvings…
Here are a few photos of the steps that I took in the creation of the ears. I’m just finishing the fourth ear…then it’s on to some more of the detail on the car.
Many congratulations again Mark,as usual it’s very well deserved as your carvings are outstanding and you deserve the recognition for them.
I’m loving these little hounds,the ears are fabulous and really add character to them,your carvings are something special 🙂