Introduction and rough outlines
Last night while I was waiting for the house to cool off, I read the two-part series on carving a mouse
at Tools For Working Wood. It was pretty good, so I took a couple screen-shots and when I had a few minutes today, I got started.
First, I roughed out the mouse from a piece of birch on the bandsaw. Very 2D, and about 3/4 inch thick.
Next, I used a rasp to quickly remove he bandsaw burns (I was using a 3/4" 3tpi resaw blade, not the best for cutting fine details)
Then I drew lines about 3/16 from the edges for my first cuts. I also sketched in the mouse's nose.
Some cutting with the knife around his back and bottom. I realized after I did this that I cut off the wood that might be his feet, so this mouse won't be doing any running around. Instead he'll probably be smooth and cuddly.
Then it was time to start on his nose. No whiskers on this guy. It's my first mouse, and he'll be simple.
And time to begin separating his ears.
That's it for today. About an hour's work, including writing it up and cleaning up the bandsaw. I hope to have more soon.
If you want to skip ahead and read Yoav's second blog, here
it is. I'm not sure what I'll do for my mouse's tail. We'll see what I find around the shop.