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.