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Dancing girl carving

Last year's Christmas tree had quite a wiggle to its trunk. I wanted to catch that wiggle in the decoration that I carved from it. In my head this was a 'dancing' wiggle, and so I tried to make a dancing figure, to stand for Cottia dancing in this post-Eagle of the Ninth story that I wrote.  


  

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'm quite pleased with it, though I think she has ended up perhaps a bit chunkier than I'd intended - it's so difficult when you get down to the point where shaving off a tiny bit too much will be too far and you can never put the wood back on!  On the other hand, in the story it is a cold, wet December night and she's dancing in a muddy farmyard, so if she has any sense she is probably wearing thick underwear.

I think there is a sense of movement there anyway.   The figure is about 5 inches long, but despite the size of it, I think will work OK as a tree decoration, as it is quite slender. 

The tree was a Noble fir, which is really a nice wood to carve green, and holds quite a lot of detail. I'm quite tempted to make something else from some of the left over wood, but that might have to wait till my finger heals up a bit.   I managed to gash it a bit doing the fine detail on the hands when the chisel slipped (but adhering to the important Rules of Woodworking, managed to avoid bleeding on the wood. ) 



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huinare
23rd Jan, 2012 22:35 (UTC)
Ooh, that's lovely.
Ehm. Lovely, I meant.

Edited at 2012-01-23 22:35 (UTC)
kargicq
24th Jan, 2012 06:48 (UTC)
Yes, that's super, a real sense of motion. -N
endlessrarities
1st Feb, 2012 21:11 (UTC)
Nice!
sibila_cantus
9th Dec, 2012 13:34 (UTC)
Oh my goodness! This is gorgeous!
isiscolo
9th Dec, 2012 19:53 (UTC)
What a different type of fanart! Beautiful!
riventhorn
15th Jan, 2013 05:52 (UTC)
Love this!! She does have a great sense of movement. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who hangs fandom-related things on the Christmas tree. :)
citruses
15th Jan, 2013 10:30 (UTC)
Here via carmarthen's rec -- wow! I particularly love that first photo of her, where you can see her flowing hair and the shape of her back/waist/dress. What a lovely thing!
blythechild
28th Nov, 2014 15:24 (UTC)
YOU ARE A CREATIVE, FANCIFUL GOD!

That is all. Carry on, darling... ♥
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