With only three months left before the degree show, I find myself a little worried that I may not get everything done that I want to for my pieces. I have been concentrating lately on my sculpture, a life sized carving of a man hanging inverted by his ankles like a side of beef. This was inspired by the Norse myth of the Mead of Poetry, which you can read in a previous blog post.
Since my last post about it, I have moved it indoors into the Metal Workshop. Why there instead of the Wood Workshop? Because they have a gantry in the Metal Workshop from which I can hang my piece when I need to see it in its display position. That and Mark is one of the nicest technicians atand is happy to have some woodworking going on in his shop.
Here, I built a trestle to rest the body upon and have been carving away at it. So far I have done some of the broader forms of the chest, worked on the neck and shoulders, carved away at the back between the arms, and recently began to work on some of the fiddly bits like the hands, feet and arms. The hands are blocked in as are the feet. I expect to continue work on the arms and then move back to the ankles and calves before really settling in on the head, although I may begin roughing in the face sooner.
Once the entire figure is roughed in and blocked out, I can go back and work on the finishing details. I have yet to decide whether I want to keep the body covered in a carven texture, bring it down to a smooth, natural texture or leave it somewhere in between. I am also not certain what sort of finish I will use on the wood, nor whether I will fill in the cracks with resin. Though decisions will be made as I go along, and as I get further with the piece.
As far as finishes go, I have some scrap wood that I have been carving on which I plan to use to test some finishes. Right now it is untreated, but I expect that I will try both traditional and untraditional finishes on it or similar pieces of scrap wood.