Two Moon: The Carving Process

November 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I finally took the time to edit and upload photos of my latest carving, 'Two Moon'. Once again, the host company for this website made changes, and I no longer know how to complete some tasks. The chances of me sitting here long enough and remaining patient enough to figure out how to do what I used to do is pretty slim right now. In the meantime... The narrative below, is supposed to accompany the Gallery, but I don't see it anywhere, so I am posting it here:

Two Moon was carved from a large Butternut log. As you can see from the progressive photos in the 'Two Moon: The Process' Gallery, it is carved from one solid piece of wood, with nothing added to it.

Due to the complexity of this piece, it took me several years to think about the design and the approach to how I was going to carve it. Two small carvings were completed prior to starting this, to work out the hairstyle, as well as the bead bow placement. I started Two Moon in January 2012 and worked on it for a few days. My design for it overwhelmed me, causing it to sit on my carving bench for 5 years, untouched. The massive weight of the log actually broke 2 carving arms during that time.

At the end of February 2017, I decided it was time to get it carved and off my bench, no matter how it turned out. As I discovered, I didn't think through the carving process when I designed it. I didn't have good angles to get into areas with my tools, so many days were spent slowly and carefully shaving out wood from behind the ears, earrings, beside the cheeks, etc. Amazingly, I didn't break anything off! I have no idea how many hours were spent on this carving, but I know it was a LOT! It is my best carving to date, and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

I hope you enjoy the WIP photos posted in the 'Two Moon: The Process' Gallery, and that you benefit somehow from them.


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