Sunday, November 9, 2008
Part 6 - Hand work
After the rough shaping with the belt sander, the next phase is hand-shaping using knives, files and various grits of sand-paper.
More detail is added and many of the surfaces are smoothed and sanded at this point.
Sharp carving knives are used to 'coax' the shape I want from the wood. Ears are trimmed and shaped.
More sanding.... and through this step I will hold the piece together to see how it looks. It would be great to have 4 hands!
At this stage I am also looking at proportions to see if everything 'makes sense' visually.