Friday, August 31, 2012
Whittlin' really comes down to patience, experience, and skill, in that order. More than just about anything else, moving parts take special attention. It takes lots of tiny cuts in order to carefully remove certain areas, while preserving the parts you'd like to keep.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
This mahogany block really took to boiled linseed oil. I love the way the oil darkens the wood, while giving it depth and sheen. To display both rows of mustaches I drilled the front row deeper than the back. This lets the back row sit up a little higher.
Monday, August 13, 2012
How many varieties of lip whiskers is it possible to carve? I think I just might find out. These 'staches are whittled from basswood, soaked in linseed oil, attached to sticks, and given a final coat of shellac. They're fun, they're dashing, they're mustaches-on-sticks!