Ever heard the phrase “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? How many people get this phrase any more considering most lemonade is made from a powder nowadays. This is a topic for another day, to the phrase; my civil war soldier would become case in point. Let’s go back a day or so…….
I had decided after finishing my pilot carving and being fairly happy with the results that I would carve a civil war soldier. For my pattern I would use the one supplied in issue #33 of the Carving magazine written by my good friend Mark Akers. On a side note this issue as many others are available on back issue, worth checking out.
I had carved this soldier before from a 2” block of bass wood. Earlier this summer I had gotten used 12" band saw so I wanted to carve it full size as in the magazine. On another side note, if you had read about two or so posting ago you would know I went a good portion of the summer without carving. So I was still dusting off the proverbial cob webs but after my pilot carving I was getting back in the swing of things. So as I always do I began with carving the head, more directly the face. This will determine how to carve the hat and impact the body type as well. I had carved the details of the face deciding on a basic beard, not getting to fancy with the cuts and curves of it. The two inch carving I did had squinting eyes but I wanted to do open full eyes for this one. I got the carving done the evening before and by morning and at the point of this photo I would have to say, I was feeling pretty good about the whole thing. Things can and would change in an instant……………..
to be continued