Wednesday, March 16, 2011

stack laminating carving blanks

The body is pinned in position on a piece of auto body putty and by drilling and marking each new part (leg) for dowelling with the pieces in position, I have flat index planes at point of contact to work to.

Airship gondola details - nearly finished

Carvings are taking some time, sanding being the worst part of it all - with this system of creating the blank you are pretty much stuck with power tool carving because sudden grain direction changes don't work well with carving chisels. These can can be used (different style of course) to eliminate sanding with tooling marks the final smooth finish. On the other hand with lamination the grain can run in the direction of arms, legs, tails etc. which is very strong.