From Clay to Wood
Why is it that everytime I start a little fun project, a bunch of seemingly necessary projects come up to interfere? I can remember as a kid always enjoying the fall period as it meant the start of a new winter project…usually a model airplane…and nothing seemed to get in the way of that.
But I did take a bit of time to rough in the basswood blank based on the clay sculpture.
I decided to do the head separately again just so that I could get the right sideways glance that I wanted. I also decided to do the arms separately so that I would have a better chance at getting the wood grain going in the strongest direction. My plan is to attach the arms just below the rolled sleeves.
So with a quick approximation on the bandsaw and them some callipers to transfer the dimensions from the clay to the wood, here’s where I ended up. Note again that I used a Foredom tool with a typhoon bit to remove the wood quickly. That’s what created the fuzzy appearance on the wood. Now that it’s at this point, I’ll get to carving with a knife and gouges. Still a lot of slimming down to do.