A couple years ago I decided that it would be nice to come up with my own version of a SANTA CLAUS,,, now I have seen many versions over the years some great some not so much,,, I wanted a carving of one that I developed,,, so,,, the idea was just the iconic toque, face and beard.
Size,,, well I didn't think small was the way to go as there are thousands of those,,, How about one you could hang on the wall that would not get lost in all the seasons decorations,,, so I started with an image with the face about life size and a long beard,,,
Grabbing my chainsaw,,, within a few minutes I had roughed out the first stage from a not so great piece of Red Cedar ,,, then set to shaping with my Makita detail sander. Then onto the hand carving with knives and gouges and power tools (dremel, and Die grinder ,,, not to long down this road I had my first image ,,, then it was a matter of deciding what worked and what didn't,,,
This is a great way to develop an image,,, carve more then one ,,, this approach was really great,,, way better then just drawing an image then another then another etc. or doing a one off,,, I went through the process of carving five always asking myself "what works and what doesn't " ,,, I could see with each one, things I could improve on even the best parts of each had lots of room to improve ,,,
To often I have done one off carving and they would end up being what ever they where when they where finished,,, some where Ok and some where firewood and the odd one was pretty good for where my skills where at at the time ,,, Yet all had issues i was not happy about and i would just live with the result,,,
It has been a great way to explore and develop this Idea of Santa,,, Cheers HKL