Carved birch mouse #2: Body rounding and ears

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-17-2021 05:19 PM 697 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Introduction and rough outlines Part 2 of Carved birch mouse series Part 3: The tools »

After yesterday’s work, I drew a other couple guide-lines along the edges of the mouse, about 1/8” in from the previous lines. Then I cut away between the new line and the line I’d carved yesterday. The goal is to give the mouse a rounded body.

With that done, I worked on refining the area between his ears. As I didn’t have a short knife suitable for working in these tight spaces, I modified a longer one. I’ll add pictures of that later.

Finally, I sanded his sides a bit before calling it a day. I find that this enables me to see spots that I need to refine more with the knife before further sanding.

I think that’s going to be it for now. Tomorrow I’ll work on finishing his ears and refining the rough spots I saw today.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 06-17-2021 06:48 PM

Put fangs on it and place it by the nearest mouse hole. it’ll help keep the riffraff away 8^)

Looking nice Dave, good to see the process!

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#2 posted 06-17-2021 07:30 PM

Thanks, Splint! One of the things that always mystified me before I started carving stuff was what order to remove things in. I figure this might help someone else get a feel for the process.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 06-17-2021 07:46 PM

Looking good Dave, you’ll be carving dragons in no time

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#4 posted 06-17-2021 08:56 PM

Thanks, Mike! Not sure if I’ll do dragons or what, but I have fun taking a knife to wood, so there will probably be more.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 06-17-2021 09:50 PM

Looking pretty good, nice exercise in carving.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 06-18-2021 01:48 AM

Thanks, Tom! I’m having fun with it and learning that while birch isn’t easy to carve, it sure does get a nice surface if you’re cutting cleanly. I’ve re-sharpened my knife twice already though – just touch-ups, but I could tell by the surface when it wasn’t as sharp as it should be.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 06-18-2021 01:53 AM

Put that on the end of a stick and it might make a pretty good cane handle, after it’s all sanded up . . .

If that one is too small, make the next one a little larger . . .;) . . .

I always have canes on my mind . . .

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 06-18-2021 02:26 AM

It’s starting to resemble biggie rat or maybe a relative. I think the ears are going to make or break it.
Coming along Dave.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-18-2021 04:46 AM

Looks good so far. I was never worth a crap at carving so am always impressed with those that are. Good job. Mel

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#10 posted 06-18-2021 07:13 AM

He needs a tail like the mouseman from England

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 06-18-2021 12:04 PM

Thanks, Jack. I’ve made one cane in my life, and it’s still serving me well. Clunky, but solid.

Thanks, Dave! We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

Thanks, Mel. I was crap at carving until recently, myself. Mostly because I couldn’t see how to get from a chunk of wood to a completed piece.

I think his tail will be a piece of broken leather bootlace I hung onto for some reason, Peter. And if I get ambitious, perhaps whiskers from a paint brush.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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