With the last project wrapped up, I’m returning to “Another Dam Carver.”
Any hard working Canadian beaver needs a toque…so, that’s what we’re working on this afternoon. Now, for non-Canadians ( you unfortunates! ), a toque is a knitted wool hat that absolutely everyone owns. They’re great for those cold Canadian winters and can be generally worn anytime from about the end of August to the following first of June!
I still use and enjoy Lynn Doughty’s method of “sizing” the hat to the head of the caricature with a bit of pencil lead on the head that transfers to the inside of the hat to highlight the high points that need to be shaved away. The dowel is used to ensure that you’re replacing the hat in the exact same spot every time.
As you can see from the photo above and below, after shaping the toque, I used a burning tool to make vertical ridges in the hat. Later, I burned further marks into each of the ridges to make a herringbone pattern. All in all, it looks pretty close to a knit pattern ( if you squint a bit ).