I've been working on this bust for over 6 months and I've finally just about got it finished. See, sometimes it even takes a so-called expert quite a while to get his head around something. Anyway, today I carved his hand as it will be holding a rather large pipe which I still have to do tomorrow. As his thumb is in a vertical position while the rest of the hand has the grain running horizontally, I made it from a separate piece and attached it with a metal pin and glue. The joint will be mostly hidden by the hands position and with the pipe in place. Once finished he's going on a long journey back to Europe so I'm making every effort I can think of to make him make the trip and arrive in the condition he was when he left my shop.
The real fun of this piece will come with the painting as I want to give him a cape-coat that looks like the one everybody thinks his coat should look like. It will be a checkered tweed? I hope I got that right. His cap will also be painted in a similar pattern.
I've put some more photos in the Gallery and I hope you like him so far as much as I do.