Monday, May 20, 2013

Sculpture and Models. Old Growth Doug Fir

Douglas Fir is a horrible wood to carve.
It's rock hard and smells sour, but I'm making an exception for this model for the big sculpture.

This block is an old house corbel and wanted a life other than the fireplace or the dumpster.

It's been on a house for almost a hundred years and is rotten look in the upper right corner of the photo.
I'm leaving that as a visible part of its history.

Most Doug Fir is now an awful combination of hard and soft. This old growth grain is so dense that it's workable. Workable with a razor sharp tool. And somehow the only tool that feels right is a small skew knife...... Would you rather work slowly and get it right or faster and get it done?

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