Octopus

WHY?

Many years ago, in a craft shop, I had seen a bronze octopus mounted on a rounded boulder. It was way out of my price range but the image stuck with me and I decided to see if the idea would work in wood.

HOW?

The first thing was to find a boulder/cobble. The local garden centre sold these and I chose one with variations in colour and levels.

I wanted to make a maquette but for this I needed an identical stone so I made a plaster cast and modelled the octopus in plasticine.

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The next step was to make the wood fit the stone. This proved to be the most time consuming and demanding phase of the carving. A rough fit was obtained and then chalk was applied to the stone. The wood was repeatedly offered up to the stone, high spots removed, and eventually a good fit obtained.

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The wood was fixed to the stone with grab adhesive which had the advantage of being a good colour match and would not damage the chisels.

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Now the carving could begin.

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The image was gradually refined.

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Then it was finally finished with 400 grit abranet sanding sheets and waxed a few times

REFLECTIONS

Not quite up to the standard of the bronze but not a bad result. I would not use grab adhesive again. Although it stuck well enough I never felt that it was fully secure and consequently was rather tentative in the use of my chisels.

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