Well my little Hound Trio on the Louisiana dock is now finished. I’m very proud of the way that this carving shaped up.
It’s actually quite a large carving at about 14″ by 14″ at the base with the “longest” hound at 7 1/2″ and the “tallest” hound at 5″. I like the expression and character of each of the little Basset Hounds as well as the little squirrel.
The dock area and base really turned out to my liking, also. I really put a lot of relief and depth into the dock with lots of cracks and imperfections, nails along the plank lengths, some broken planks with a bent nail where a plank had been less than carefully pried away and ropes wound around the piers to protect little fishing boats that tie up for the night.
This is a Louisiana scene so the Cypress knees were added to that effect. I like the way that they turned out and the way that they balance the dock scene.
The base itself came from a real nice piece of red oak. The grain just turned out beautifully as I think that between the rolling contour and the fairly strong grain pattern you’re left with an impression of a water scene.
I like this carving and am glad that the idea was offered up…I would definitely not have come up with this idea on my own!