The project begins with the story board, sketching out the character I choose and prepping the blank.
Lately, I've been able to trim off my front drawing from the blank for reference.
I still need to sketch the figure on the blank but I spend much more time on the first image for accuracy.
I'm getting a little more confident on the band saw to remove more bulk and save time.
Early on, it helps to "rough" cut into areas that will need to be reduced and those that will need to be protruding, i.e. arms, nose, etc.
It was just about at this point that I realized I messed up a couple of features. Miss Piggy's ears were yuk! And, her mouth is basically not there! Sooooo, a little "wood" surgery is needed.
I also had to built up the right side of her hair. I left the left ear in place and replaced her right hear, scalp/hair and chin.
You'll never guess what happened! I didn't like the ears!
Off went the ears! This time I'll add fitted ears. (Sitting on the screen at her feet.)
Now to work on her dress slit that shows her legs. Hollowing out the dress also provided more room to finish off her legs and shoes.
Now we're getting someplace.
I wasn't finished removing "parts" just yet. I liked the way her right hand turned out but not the left hand... off it went! Below is the new one.
Now for Saundra's husband's gardening boots. I actually carved them first because they were easy to work-up and finish.
OK don't say it! Its supposed to be a bush with flowers.
At last all the pieces were completed and ready for mounting and color.
Miss Piggy, check.
The base with gluing cut-outs, check.
The bricks that Saundra trimmed her garden with, check.
The bush with flowers, check.
And, her husband's gardening boots, check.
Everything fits into place.
All the pieces are sealed with Natural 209 stain.
With a little color......
"Miss Piggy and the Angel in the Garden" is brought to life.
The "dirt" in the garden is saw-dust shaken on top of brushed on glue.
I held out completing the piece until I had solved the most frustrating feature of this piece... her eye lashes! I ended up buying actual fake eyelashes at a local Sally Beauty store. Once I removed the rubbery glue that the lashes come with, I could super glue them in place.
"Miss Piggy and the Angel in the Garden" is carved in tupelo wood.
The piece (including the base) is 5" X 7" X 8" high.
The piece is painted with acrylics.
She is held to the base by two screws and glue. The boots, brick garden trim and bush are glued and inlaid.