Saturday, August 20, 2011

A side project in progress

This is a work in progress picture of the roughing out stage of a side project, obviously a female figure, but it will hopefully be a bit of a surprise where I'm going with the piece. It's my first experiment with lime or basswood. Working in reclaimed wood, I've strangely enough never worked in one of the most popular of carving woods. A large tree came down next door in a storm last year and this is one small piece that seemed dry enough to test out.  It is an extraordinarily smooth clean cutting wood. Hard to believe that something so soft cuts so cleanly across the grain. This piece has some gray staining, but I'm wishing I'd rolled away more of the tree...

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