Saturday, April 4, 2009
Refining the face and the neckline was a little difficult with the dryness of the wood fine detail is not going to be possible with this wood. A bit more hair off the top of her head seems to be in order. The neckline of the deerskin dress has been established and now flow of her hair should be decided on and blocked out so I don't get lost while carving. Constant demarcation of a center line is very helpful.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
As I began to refine the maiden's face I discovered that this log was a little drier than usual and the wood was prone to splinter easily. When working around the mouth area I couldn't cut the lips without the wood flaking and chipping. I coated the area with some PEG 6000. Hopefully this will soak into the wood and help it stay together while being carved. The PEG (polyethylene glycol) will attract water from the atmosphere and keep the wood moist. It seemed to work on other problem carvings in the past.