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Hello. If you are here it means that you have some interest in seeing how its done. If not… well that’s what your going to get. I will be showing photos and some descriptions of what I did and what I was thinking while doing it.
I am going to start off with one of my recent and more interesting (for me) sculpture. I call it ”Minotaur”. I started this one in B.C. this spring. This happened mostly because of the huge amount of wood and stone that is available at “The Property”. I needed to let my self go, to just make a piece for me. Some times its good to stretch your legs and let the imagination go. I find that the easiest way to do this is to work big. That way your not worried about cutting too much off or bogged down with the little details (cause even the little things are big).
So I started out with a 5 foot length of red cedar that was about 20 inches in diameter. The first step was to make a flat face on the front and back so I could do a bit of drawing. I don’t always draw but since I had no idea where it was going I did this time.
Now that I have an idea I start to cut. With a McCullough 20 inch chain saw. After that I use a Stihl 14 inch for easier handling. It is lots of fun but hard work. This next pick is the area and some of the tools I used.
After a whole lot of cutting and sanding it comes back to my studio and I pin the horns on it. I will show the stone carving process in detail in another post. At this point it is definitely a minotaur to me.
You can see that I have a bit of a problem at this point. I have a very top heavy sculpture with a small foot print. This equals wobbly falling down mess. So I come up with the idea to make a giant hoof for the base.
Its still very unstable. So I decide to make the hoof more 3d but I don’t want to loose the taper that I have cut into the body so I find a way around that problem. Oh yeah some breasts and a goat face, pounded out of copper sheet, have landed on the piece as well. I will show the copper forming process in another post.
The base with open front. Made from 3/16 steel plate and 1/8 x 2 steel flat bar. I think it fits together pretty well.
Lots of fun and now that its done all that needs to happen is a party and to hold a pumpkin over my head…. but that’s another story altogether.