Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Stylized Dove Brooch


Here are some photos I took of the process of making a stylized dove brooch. First, I make a few sketches. You can see the last two in the photo below. Then I get a piece of basswood about the right size. The piece is thicker than required, so I quickly thin it down with a gouge.


After thinning it down, I sketch the pattern directly on the wood and cut around the outline with a coping saw.


With the rough outline cut, I put it on some non-slip netting to help hold it in place while carving.


I use gouges to shape the carving.


Now the rough gouge work is complete. You can now see the form of the head and body. The wings have a slightly concave shape with a raised edge.


Since I want a smooth finish, I am working though progressively finer grits of Abranet sand paper. I end with 600 grit.


With the sanding completed, it is ready for finishing.


I add my initials to the back with a wood burner. A pin will be added on the back, just above the initials, to make it into a brooch.


Finally, here is the finished product.


Thank you for following along and please let me know what you think.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sconces by Ricky Smith


Ricky Smith carved the walnut wall plates for a pair of sconces. Here is a picture of one along with close ups of  the top and bottom.