Saturday, January 23, 2010

Gaff the Sailor

Early Jan. 2010

Time to Carve: 2 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hours

Faces, oh how I hate to do faces! Carved from poplar, I struggled with this one as I tried to get the face looking like the pattern. When I finished the carving I discovered that I messed up the cap and the mouth. Well I left the mouth the way it is and I packed the cap with plastic wood. Twenty-four hours latter I was cutting and sanding the rock hard putty to my liking. I wasn't sure how this would look until I painted the slide and after painting I can't tell where the wood ended and the plastic wood started. I also wanted to give this sailor a deep weather tan like he had been at sea for many months in the South Pacific. A couple of coats of Poly finish this off.

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