Over Christmas I did a bit of extra carving on my latest project…a British Infantry Soldier from 1812. My daughter gave me a very nice leather apron for carving and I’ve been using it since Christmas morning. It’s nice to wear to keep the wood chips off and give you a bit of protection from a slipped carving knife. Of course, it’s also quite the fashion statement.
The soldier will be more of a bust than a full figure caricature. It’s something that I’ll attach to a wooden base. Although it will have arms holding onto a musket, I think that it will still qualify as a bust in that category at wood shows. We’ll see…I’m just learning the ropes.
The soldier bust has a back-pack right now, a canteen and an ammunition bag. From diagrams, I suspect that the back-pack must have had a wooden frame interior as it was very box-like and didn’t look like it would have been comfortable at all to wear. The canteen appears to have been made of wooden slats on a circular metal rim…a bit like a wooden barrel. The ammunition pouch was just a heavy leather pouch with a metal catch of some sort. It looks like an industrial strength purse.
I’m working on his head and hat right now and I still have to carve up the cloth bag that the soldiers at the time carried.
I’ll get a photo of my progress up on the site shortly.