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THE LI WOOD CARVERS SHOW
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
The Whole Process of Doing a Carving Project
By Bill Russo
Things aren’t always
what they seem to be. I thought Clyde , a roughout from G.B. Sears woodcarvers
and Suppliers whose name was supposed to be Muley would be easier than some I
had already done. It isn’t. I renamed him Clyde because I prefer Clyde.
There is a lot of extra
wood in this project and a carving knife is slow going. It can be done, of
course and maybe if I was on a deserted Island with nothing else to do and had no other options I think I could get it
I once borrowed a
diamond coated sphere that could fit into a Dremel ...It was perfect for
removing wood faster. I bought one. I also use a coarse drum as well as a
flapper wheel at times. All have their use and each can do what the others can’t.
Still, it’s hard to remove the wood from between the four legs as well as under
Clyde looks like this
after a few hours. I don’t log the time spent anymore. I did a few times but what does it
This is the first
carving I tried where the face was easier to work on than the legs. See that
hind right leg? It has an arch to it..It shouldn’t.
I have a habit of
forgetting to use a pencil to guide my cuts. That’s called free cutting. It’s
usually a mistake...I know it and I am working on it.
I am making progress
and the sanders help a lot. I snapped a leg off! Ooops . Crazy glue to the
rescue. It should be ok if I don’t drop it. Crazy glue and wood filler can save
They leg keeps snapping
off and the reason is because the two halves are flat to each other.So, what I did was drill two holes, one in
each piece and fit a small dowel into them..After cutting the dowel to size I
glued all three pieces together. So far, so good. I can sand the uneven joint
or fill in any gap later.The wood in this roughout was
harder than normal.Perhaps my tools weren’t as sharp as they should have
been..Maybe I was careless and skipped the glove for a while...So what happens?
A pretty good cut with blood on the carving and elsewhere. Most carvers carry a
few band aids and maybe a little anti septic in their tool box.
piece looks pretty good and I keep smoothing and modifying things but it’s
really time to paint it.I always do the eyes first....When it’s dry I cover it
with stain, a mix of boiled linseed oil and burnt sienna oil from a tube. Mix
thoroughly..You may have to strain out the little bits of solid tube paint.
(cheese cloth works well enough)..brush it on or submerge the piece in the
liquid. Blot it to catch the run off. (Remember that linseed oil, thrown away
improperly can cause fires by spontaneous combustion. Don’t let any rags stand
in a pile indoors.)Spray with
polyurethane..satin or glossy...your choice..It doesn’t have to be dry from the
oil yet..It actually helps dry the whole thing. Finally I use Butchers Wax or
something similar and rub it in ightly using a Scotchpad...very fine....and
then polish it with a soft rag..maybe a microfiber one.The more you ploish it
the nicer it looks....Careful not to rub too hard so as to remove the paint.
Sit back..Enjoy the finished piece..Pick up the phone and order another one or