[Medal Chest] Finishing the Carving

Note to my readers:  This entry is part of the secret project I’ve mention previously.  Now that it’s been delivered, I can post this without ruining the surprise…

I put some more time in on the carving….another two days (which is really only about 4 hours), and it’s all done! 

I carefully trimmed the wood to the pencil lines then used chisels to gentle chamfer the edges of the letters and the winged foot.  Then I trimmed an emory board to a point amd used the two sides to sand the edges nice amd smooth. 

To get the shadows on the sandal straps, I undercut the edges, creating a nice line that is subtle but there. 

Finally I needed a way to whole the background less…chaotic. 

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I don’t have a curved neck chisel so I couldn’t really get the wavy pattern to go away (the gouges erased some grooves and mad more in a never ending spiral).

So, reading up on the problem led me to the following solution:  I took the mallet and a medium nail set and tapped away.  Every tap left a tiny little circle impressed in the wood.  When I tapped…and tapped…a lot…it created a background that seemed to lower the highpoints and let your eye focus on the raised elememts of the carving.  In effect, the winged foot and initials really _pop_!!

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I am really happy with how this turned out since it’s my first attempt at relief carving!

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About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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