I was over working with the Caygeon Carvers group this afternoon. When I work with the carving group I try to take something there to carve, usually a character, or figure that I have roughed out in my shop. Today I completed the body for the nurse in my current piece. When I got back to my shop I went to work on her head.
When starting a head I start with a block with square surfaces to allow drilling of the neck and eye holes before I do any carving. In this case she has a 1/4" hole for her neck into which a dowel will fit to turn her head, and two 5/16" holes for her eyes. Her eyes will be made from pieces of 1/4" dowel. Here is her head after drilling.
After the drilling is done I cut out the rough shape of the head on the bandsaw. She will have a long nose and a "bob-like" hairdo so at this point she still looks a little odd.
Following this I do initial shaping of the head with carving knives.
The next step will be contouring the lower part of the head and neck to a place where most of the shaping and sanding is completed, particularly in the vicinity of the eyes. Then I cut the top of the head to install the internal mechanism, glue it all back together and finish the contouring. I'll continue the photo stream in the next blog post.
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