Monday, June 4, 2012
The King's Head
As most of you know, I have an ongoing theme of Medieval Busts that I have been carving for the last two years or so. When I was remodeling the Carvings Gallery Page last week, I realized that I had omitted the most important figure from the court. The King! Well, I just had to do something about that. I went out in my shop and found that the piece of Quaking Aspen (Populus Temuloides) that I have had drying since last year was ready to go. This is a fantastic wood for those of us out here in the mountains of the far west. It carves very much like basswood and I can get a whole pickup truck load for about the same price as I can have a two-foot-square box of Minnesota basswood shipped to me. I carved “The Sheriff” out of aspen and he turned out great, so I thought I would give it a try for my King.
Here is what I have done so far.
I really wanted to give him a strong, majestic jaw line and I believe I achieved my goal. This smiling old monarch should look great standing next to his frowning, uptight queen. It still needs a little sanding and some woodburning to highlight the deepest recesses and provide a boarder for when he gets painted. I hope to get started on the torso portion of the bust tonight, and I promise to make regular posts of the progress I’m making, so check back soon.