bunn (bunn) wrote,

  • Mood:

Carvings : struggling across the grain

Last year I decided to do some carving across the grain, and pencilled out a fairly complex design. Sadly, I then got distracted by other things, and by the time I came back to the wood (Noble Fir, a section of 2009's Christmas tree) in December, the section I had cut was well and truly seasoned and hard as nails.

After giving myself blisters trying to cut in my pattern, I decided to cut my losses and go for a very simple pebble shape with a star on one side and just cut the grain into the other side to emphasize it.

This year, because of the snow, we didn't manage to buy a Christmas tree, but instead cut a holly bush from the garden and used that. Holly is a lovely carving wood, particularly if you cut it when it is green, so I decided to press on without much of a plan, and cut off all the bits that didn't seem to belong. Once I'd done that, it turned out that there was a cat inside.

I've not drilled the hole or hung the 2010 carving yet, as it's still very wet and I don't want it to split. Centrally heated houses are murder on green wood. So at the moment it's in a plastic bag in the cool in the utility room.
Tags: carving, christmas

  • Urgh

    That feeling when you've removed 9999 rusty flat-head screws (because of course they are flat-head, so harder to get a grip on) and you prod the…

  • Frost, loot and New Year

    It is very cold! On New Year's Eve, it was snowing as I went out to walk the dogs, though the land down below was clear and green, and the sun…

  • Am extremely cosy.

    The house is full of food and sleepy hounds and dozing cats. We have eaten way too much, and I'm still gently nibbling on a lump of chestnut and…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded