Saturday, June 24, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra - Woody's Mud Hen Kachina Mask


June 2023

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour
Original design:  Woody's Make-Your-Own

I've never seen this Woody's slide before and I was surprised to find this one on a list. Perhaps the "Mud Hen" Kachina mask was more popular in the western part of the US at Scout camps. But as I have been researching a Wikipedia quote struck me. "When a Hopi man places a mask upon his head and wears the appropriate costume and body paint, his personal identity is lost and the spirit of the kachina he is supposed to represent takes its place."

I carved this one from several kinds of wood. The head is carved from poplar while the tongue and horns are carved from maple. The eye stalks are wood dowel pins which have channels cut in them. I glued and pinned the horns/tongue for extra strength. The eye stalks are glued into a couple of holes I drilled into the mask. The painting is done with hobby paints and is based on the recommendations from Woody's. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

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