Saturday, January 23, 2010

Giant Titanus Beetle

Early Jan. 2010

Time to carve: 2.5 hours
Finishing: 1.5

By far the largest slide in my collection measuring in at 6 inches from pincher to bottom (longer if you include the antennas). This slide has had mixed reactions. My son thinks this is "kwel" while my wife and daughter had the same reaction...


Carved from poplar, the body was quite simple but the neck, head, and pinchers took some time to do. The antennas are made from plastic broom bristles which keeps them quite flexible. The legs are made from a coat hanger and form the loops for the neckerchief. The dents in the wings were made using a nail punch just pressed into the wood lightly. The slide was finished using gloss black spray paint.

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