Monday, November 24, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Potato Wood Review by Steve Tomashek
I like wood, some of my favorite trees are made of it; so when I was approached to try a new carving material made from potato starch my first thought was: what’s wrong with wood? Now I’m pretty sure there are some fundamentalist “whoodlers” out there who will never try the stuff but I’m attracted to shiny new things as much as the next bird.
The smartest feature of this stuff is that water acts like glue for it. When wet, the surface becomes first slippery, then sticky, and in a matter of 15 minutes there forms a glossy bond that is slightly harder than the material itself. Carving it is a breeze; the light and uniform layers form a grain that is surprisingly strong in all directions.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
- Carve only that parts which will be visible.
- First drill all holes with table drill so they will have right angles.
- Make sure all movable parts can move before starting to carve them.
- Be focused on carving. Do not eat, or dring on the same place as you carve.
- It's good to start with the hands and the head of your puppet.
- You should work on each...