I spent a bit of time on the little carver today. One of the things I wanted to do is add a bit of texture to his tail. After some exhaustive(!) google research…I learned that the beaver has a bit of a scale-like texture on his tail. I didn’t really feel like putting that much time into it so I went with a multitude of little scoops made with a small gouge. Once it’s painted and highlighted with some dry brushing, I think that it’ll look fairly reasonable.
Of course, he also needed some tools…a long handled chisel, a palm handled chisel and a ruler. Rather than spend a lot of time digging out the pouch, I just used my wood burner and let the burning tool do the digging. It made the basement smell nice, too.
You’ll also notice the carver’s project at the bandsaw stage: a birch stump with his carved Canadian Maple Leaf commemorating Canada’s 150th year in 2017! Aren’t I clever today?