Well today was another carving group and I started another bird. I like birds and this one is kind of special as I modified a public domain vector from a free website to make my own carving pattern. Plus, my actual chosen project from the bin at the group is a large fox which I just didn't have the room or the inclination to work on today!
I had to take in the paintings for the exhibit and frankly, after carrying in a couple of boxes of paintings (11 of them), I didn't want to try to tuck a heavy, 18" long fox under my arm when the block for the little bird and all my supplies fit neatly into my purse!
Here's what I accomplished today after starting with a small rectangular block of wood. This bird is actually going faster than the first one but I've also done quite a bit of 'carving' on my left hand! (Memo to self - take a supply of band-aids!):
It doesn't look like much but has honestly come a long way from the original block of wood. I don't know when I'll get to work on it but if I find time, it wouldn't surprise me to have it done before the next group session. Oh, and I filled the crack in the first bird but it isn't dry yet so don't know how it will finish. I wanted to use a nice oil but may end up painting it to conceal the patch of the crack.
Will keep you posted!