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More Clay for the Hockey Player

I actually spent most of the day cleaning up the shop.  I’m finally planning on finishing my shop and turning it into an actual room rather than a corner of the basement.  I figure that the first step is getting rid of some of the things that I’ve been storing for years.  Now, mind you, these are precious treasures that I’ve been storing with the knowledge that someday I’ll need that very part.  Now that I’ve bitten the bullet and got rid of some of this stuff, you know that I’m going to need it.  I’ll keep you posted on my workshop progress.

I did take an hour or so to play in clay.  The shape of the hockey player’s arms and shoulders are coming out just right.  I want to add some wrinkles to his jersey.  Today I worked on one of his padded gloves.  See what you think…There’s still some shaping to do but I’m liking this idea of sculpting the carving with clay first.

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Some Fun with Clay

This is a bit new for me.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was having some difficulty in carving the body of the hockey player figure that I had in mind.  If you recall, this tough guy just wrapped up a bit of an on-ice altercation and now finds himself in the penalty box for two minutes…and enjoying every second of it.

The head and helmet carving went well, but I just couldn’t get the arms-over-the-boards stance to look right to me…and, with carving, a mistake is a bit unforgiving once the wood has been cut away!  Anyways, with 10 lbs of clay and a few clay-working tools now in my possession ( thanks, Peggy ), I started the shaping of the body this morning with the intent of using the finished clay figure as a 3-dimensional model for the carving.

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First step was to take my front and side view drawings that I had made and transfer them to the block of clay.  I’m not entirely sure if this is the right way to work clay, but it was similar to blocking wood out on a bandsaw…so I went with it.  I actually did the initial shaping against the drawing lines with a piece of wire and sort of “sawed” through the clay.  Then I used one of the tools ( which is basically a heavy loop of wire on the end of a stick ) to start removing some of the squareness of the clay cube.

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At about this point, I dropped the whole darn thing on the cement floor and completely flattened out one side!  Ha!  A bit more shaping got things looking normal again.  Then, I started digging in with the tool to produce the arms, gloves and a hole to accept the head and helmet that I had already carved.

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I’ve just started to add some of the detail, but really am just still getting the right shape down.  This weekend, I’ll add wrinkles and what-not and then let it dry into a model for my carving.  Let me tell you, this is a lot of fun.

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Happy New Year!

Well, I have to admit that we didn’t make it quite to midnight last night…but, we did watch a countdown from last year off of Youtube  ( I know that’s cheating ).  That, combined with a nice dinner and a little bit of wine ( just for the record, Paul’s drinking apple juice…I’m not ) rounded out New Year’s Eve just right for us.

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As you can see from the background on my progress photo of my little penalty box hockey player, we’re getting our fair share of snow today following a pretty green ( actually, more barren than green ) Christmas.

He’s coming along nicely.  I actually sanded the helmet down a bit…something that I don’t normally do with my carvings.  In this case, I thought that the helmet in particular would just look a little nicer with a smoother finish.  His face is coming along as well and I probably won’t do a lot more on it until I fit it to his shoulders, which are yet to be carved.

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The little Country Hound is making some progress today as well.  I decided on a circular base and will be routering a nice edge on the base today sometime.  It took a bit of thinking but I finally made up a little fence out of the portions of the base that I cut away to form the circle.  That fence will get a slot cut into the centre to accommodate the router bit, then I’ll just place the circular base in that “holder” and carefully turn the base within the fence and let the router do it’s work.

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Well, that’s about it for now.  We wish each of you all of the best things in 2015 and I thank each of you for being interested in and following my projects and inspiring me to try new things.  That meant a lot to me in 2014.  Mark.

Pretty Tough

Here’s the image that I found that is sort of the inspiration for this particular carving.  It’s basically going to be a bust, in a fashion, with the penalty box boards being the pedestal for the bust.  Should be interesting.

Emily is wrong

Our little fighter is looking pretty tough but definitely has a soft side to him…just look at that toothy grin.

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The helmet is being carved in two separate pieces…a top and back…so that it conforms tightly to the head.  I could have carved this as one piece, but I just like the way that a hat, or in this case a helmet, looks when it’s carved separately.  It just sits nicer on the head with a realistic gap between the headband and the head.

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It’s left-over turkey today for dinner.  My second favourite meal of the season!

Two Minutes – Fighting

That’s the theme and name of my next carving…”Two Minutes – Fighting”.

My little hound painting is coming along nicely so I thought this would be a good time to start the carving portion of my next project.  “Two Minutes – Fighting” is inspired by those who find themselves in the penalty box and will feature a pretty rough looking hockey player with an even rougher-than-usual look about him having very recently taken part in his favourite hockey activity.

I did a very quick sketch of what I’m shooting for and am starting off with carving the head.  My plan is to have quite a square-jawed character with quite a swollen eye…which is fun, as it’s a bit different from the other faces that I’ve carved.  In fact, Peggy often tells me that my carvings could be brothers as they look a bit alike.  Well, I’m going to do my best to ensure that this one will not be mistaken as a brother.

I started in my usual fashion with a basswood blank.  I’ve cranked the jaw forward quite a bit and the neck back as my plan is to have him stretching his head beyond his shoulder line as he sits behind the penalty box.

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I started with his many-times-broken nose and ensured that it was good and crooked.  My plan is to carve a piece of white medical tape across the bridge of the nose.  You can see the start of that in the last photo.  His less than toothy grin just shows that he knows that it’s just a big game and the fights are as important to him as the goals.  The cheekbones and jaw line protrude quite a lot right now and you can see some swelling in his left eye and eye-brow.  It might get worse.

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Still lots to do on his facial expression.  My plan is to do the helmet separately similar to the way that I’ve done the hats that I’ve carved.  I’m looking forward to carving the helmet almost as much as I looked forward to carving the banjo!

On a more peaceful note, Emily has arrived and our Christmas festivities have started!

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