Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Roughing Out The Legs & Vest

Now that we've got the feet and lower legs established, it's time to open the area between the legs. You can see where I've penciled in the opening up to the bottom of his bum. While I'll use Old Reliable to make the first cuts I'll switch to a knife with a 2 inch blade to get further inside. I also used a small Flex-Cut gouge to widen this area. You can see in the photo that the feet and legs are now clearly indicated but they still lack any detail. That's just as it should be.

One of the biggest mistakes carvers make is the rush to detail. You can't build a house without a firm foundation and carving is no different.

The captions beneath the additional photos associated with this post should explain what I'm doing so I'll sign off and go watch the PBS Special on the Duke and John Ford.

To be continued........


  1. Very interesting Blog. Good layout, nice touch adding extra photos. Gives the viewer a better visual understanding of the task.

    Now if this place just had some wood..... Kind of hard to carve a palm tree trunk!

  2. Well, I finally got my blank cut out today and started on the boots and legs...going pretty good I guess lol

  3. I Got my blank cut day before yesterday, after 5pm, excited i started work on it, next thing i knew the wife was making coffee the next morning at 6am.
    will post progress on my blog located at...
    working on it now.