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« on: November 10, 2013 01:00:42 AM »

My dad is an avid woodcarver, and earlier this year he started hosting my mom, my girlfriend, and me at carving classes.  At our first one we made wizards, then we decided to do birds - Mom worked on a great blue heron, my girlfriend made a mallard duck, and I carved a penguin.



He's made of basswood and I used a pattern from a whittling book by Ben Hunt (I think it's just called Ben Hunt's Whittling or something).  I really wish I'd taken in-progress shots, but it didn't occur to me to do so until after I'd started painting and by then there wasn't much point.



I started with a block of basswood about 2"x2"x3".  I cut out the profile view with a bandsaw, then blocked in the front view with carving knives.  The wings were tricky, I put off carving them for the longest time because I was scared I'd snap them off.  (I didn't, though.  Smiley )



The tools I used on this guy were mostly my Flexcut Carving Knife and Detail Knife, but I borrowed some of Dad's U-shaped gouges for tricky bits like under his wings and between his feet.



Once I'd finished carving, I sanded him down as smooth as I could then painted him all over with white gesso.  (Then I sanded him again because the gesso had a rough texture when it dried.)  I left his belly white and painted the rest of him black and orange with acrylics.  I originally made his feet black and his beak gray, since that's what the pictures of actual penguins that we found looked like, but I thought it made him kind of blah so I changed it.  I like him much better with that bit of color.  Smiley



I finished him with some kind of furniture wax that my dad had, and it made him all lovely and shiny but it NEVER DRIED.  So eventually I wiped it off.  It did leave him with kind of a sheen though.



While I was working on him, my mom kept saying how cute he was, so I think I'll give him to her for Christmas.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013 02:27:24 AM »

This is pretty darn wonderful! Your mom will love him. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013 03:52:33 AM »

So cute! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013 04:39:08 AM »

Oh wow that is so impressive!  Before reading your post, I was thinking it had to be made out of poly clay to get such nice rounded features.  Great job!
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    « Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013 06:06:55 AM »

    You have done a splendid job on your penguin.  Your use of tools is superb and your paint job is wonderful.  Nice work.
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    « Reply #5 on: November 10, 2013 07:32:07 AM »

    he is totally adorbs, it also doesnt help that i love penguins so much!
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    « Reply #6 on: November 10, 2013 08:40:35 AM »

    He's cute! 
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    « Reply #7 on: November 10, 2013 09:34:54 AM »

    great job on the carving and painting, your penguin is ultra-cute. I wish I could come to your dad's carving class!
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    « Reply #8 on: November 10, 2013 08:04:25 PM »

    This is so great! It appears that carving run in the family Smiley. I'd love to take your Dad's class too! 
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    « Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013 10:11:34 PM »

    Thanks everybody!  My dad's a pretty good teacher.  Cheesy
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