Sunday, November 9, 2008

Part 5 - Shaping the pieces

Once the raw parts have been cut from the wood, the next step is to begin the shaping.

This is a multi-stage process that begins with shaping with a sander (shown here). I use a belt-sander to begin rounding edges and putting curves in some of the pieces.

This tool is very handy but can only take me so far in sculpting the final shapes. Inside curves and delicate pieces are generally hand-worked. This is because the fast moving belt is rather unforgiving with soft pine.

During this stage I will 'rough-shape' all the parts and hold them together with my fingers to see if they 'work' the way I want. Often, an arm or a leg is just not cooperating, so it's back to the drawing board for re-cutting!

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