Star Wars fans will know "Wedge Antilles."
"A talented young rebel pilot from Corellia, Wedge Antilles survived the attack on the first Death Star to become a respected veteran of Rogue Squadron." Star Wars Databank
I came to know "Wedge" as the favorite Star Wars character for the young lady recipient of this carving. With special thanks for the idea from a friend of her's, our recipient will be bringing "Wedge Antilles" home to a special place of honor.
"Wedge" is cut out of a block of tupelo wood. Including the base, he stands just under 8".
My nemesis is carving human figures. I cringe at painting facial details. Truth be told, I've mastered touching up paint mistakes!
As mentioned in a previous blog post, I'm now cutting out the figure and tracing it onto the front of the block. Drawing on the smooth surface allows me to correct and clean the image much easier.
Then, it's on to the band saw.
Let the fun begin! The small size of this character created a need to really fine-tune the intended details of the piece. Providing raised wood for the belts/harnesses, etc. became a tedious process.
Removing all the bulk wood and carefully leaving the articles became a real test of my patience.
As time wore on, I left as much "raised" areas as needed and then went ahead reducing the uniform and body as much as possible.
Once the body was close to completed the details could be slimmed or carved close to the body.
"Wedge" is ready for paint!
Moving to the painting bench is much more pleasant! The kitchen table in the Air Conditioning, you can't beat that!
Of course you do realize, once you get to this point, you notice all the features you want to correct or enhance! But, it's too late for that.
Here's "Wedge Antilles!"
Yes, I have to say it, "May the Force Be With You!"