Carved birch mouse #4: Refining the ears

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 06-19-2021 04:11 PM 614 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The ears, as DoubleDD said in a comment, can make or break this mouse. I started by making some pencil lines sketching out what I thought would look good (I had already done the right ear at this point, so concentrate on the one on the mouse’s left).

I trimmed off the outside of the ear a bit, gradually getting closer to a shape I liked.

Then I hollowed the inside of the ear with a gouge.

As I went, I also refined the mouse’s cheek, forehead, and the nape of his neck. No major changes, but just removing a very small amount of wood to get the shape closer to right.

And that’s it for today. About an hour spent carving again. And this is the total of all the wood I removed today:

But I think his ears are just about done. I need to make some eyes, add a tail and whiskers and finish him. I think that’s about it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 06-19-2021 04:18 PM

Practice is looking good.

-- "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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#2 posted 06-19-2021 05:07 PM

I did notice you keep drawing pencil lines on it and I think I’m finally understanding just why your doing it thanks for this GR8 BLOG :<))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 06-19-2021 05:36 PM

Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Tony! Yeah, the pencil lines help me see what I should be working on next, and keep me focused rather than just carving away and then realizing I didn’t leave any wood to make feet (for example). For things like ears that need to be symmetric, the pencil also helps me draw them so they look mostly the same, and if I screw up, I can erase the pencil and try again before I start carving.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 06-19-2021 05:36 PM

Will the mouse trap be next?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 06-19-2021 05:40 PM

Trying to decide Don, but DoubleDave and I both think a live trap for the mouse to sit in and “think about what he’s done” might be a requirement. Might have to build some bookcases first, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 06-20-2021 02:20 AM

Micky Mouse would be proud of you. Honestly they look great. I think soon he’ll be looking for some cheese. LOL.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 06-20-2021 02:31 AM

Thanks, Dave. I’ve probably got a day or two of sanding, then attaching the tail and whiskers. And figuring out eyes. Maybe I should break down and buy some of those glass bead eyes people were telling me I need for my birbs.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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