I’ve added in a few items since my last blog entry. The first is an old-style hot water radiator. I thought that might look good perched under the window and add to the 1930’s style that I’m looking to create. The second item involves more dogs…
I thought that it would be nice to have several dogs with their heads tilted up and to the side watching the antics of the window-washer. We had a little West Highland Terrier, or Westie, in the past ( named Angus MacGregor ) and I thought that he’d make a nice addition to the scene.
They’re a pretty boxy little dog, so it was fairly straight forward in cutting a shape out on the bandsaw and then roughing it in with a Typhoon bit on a Foredom handpiece. I used the same method from the last dog by cutting along the neckline and then making and gluing in place a wedge of basswood that tilted the head up and to the side.
Most of the detailing was done with the same small gouge that I used to make the coat of the previous dog, however, I made a few passes with a small v-tool and later with a burning tool as well to create some very fine lines that would make the coat look a bit more wirey…similar to a Westie’s coat. Westies are white unless you bathe them in tomato juice to remove the scent of a skunk ( a memorable episode with Angus ).
You know, this little dog ended up looking so nice that I thought the last dog looked poor in comparison. It seemed to me that the head was just too small for a caricature…so, off it came and I glued on another block of wood and started again. And, then, just to add to the scene, I created a very small chihuahua. I think that rounds things out for now.