You gotta love your friends…
I have two blogging friends that mentioned on the last post, Stick it To Christmas -Easy Projects to Make, that Santa either needed a face, or looked good without.
So to address the faceless Santa dilemma and answer Carolyn from Carolyn’s Shade Gardens, I gave Santa a face today. She wondered how I would paint in the features. I am now wondering if Santa having no arms will cause concern? I am planning a number of Santas, and even ones with clasped gloved hands!
Well, I thought about it and cut myself an 1 ¾ inch thick tree branch and whipped out another Santa. He took about an hour and fifteen minutes to make, not a big deal. I lost about twenty minutes too as you will see how I changed mid stream.
You can see, I changed my mind on painting in the facial features, but not right away as shown below. And this was not the twenty-minute delay either.
I started whittling a new Santa just like the ones in the last post, then thought, “Can I give Santa a little 3-D. Still not the delay…
I was not sure how to approach such a small project, since I was more accustomed to carving wooden ducks. And they are real duck size. This little guy was a bit of a challenge because the ducks are made of basswood, a much softer wood.
Karin, from Southern Meadows , liked faceless Santa.
Oddly, it was not as hard to sculpt the face, but I had to be very patient, which I am not so much. I did have to deal with knots and imperfections in the Norway Maple branch, too. Not the delay either…
First I carved in the lips and mouth, then a pretty nice nose. Then I saw this triangular piece of wood from Santa’s hat laying on my studio floor and thought that could be a bigger nose. When you make carved wooden ducks, the head and neck are made separately from the body, so I thought Santa could have a more prominent schnoz.
So Santa got a nose job. This was our twenty-minute change of heart. More shavings led to bushy eyebrows. I was going to make hundreds of long curled shavings for the beard, but thought the hat can’t be the only painted part of Santa.
Is he not a handsome fellow? Or is he still a bit “spooky”. He gave me an Easter Island, moai vibe… even though I made him have a slight smirk. I still may give him rosy cheeks, a wind burned nose and blue Santa eyes. Still debating. What do you think?