I am starting a project log so you guys can see how to start one as well. Just start a topic and name it properly. Maybe include what your method is.....#11 blades or rotary carving etc. I know that nobody likes being the first one to start so here it is to break the ice. I urge all you guys who bought the blank sets to do the same....lets get some ideas and conversations started.
The photo below shows an extreme close up of my carving work to date. These three lengths of acanthus leaves are needed for one side of the barge. Once completed I need to carve another set for the port side. But those will be mounted upside down as they are a mirror image.
I am almost done with this set....Just a little remains on the center example. I am using a #11 blade 98% of the time. The close up is pretty brutal.....warts and all you can see how the carving went. It looks much much better when viewed normally and no finish has been applied yet. I keep the other two that are finished close by as I work on this one because they must all look the same.
I also included the contemporary barge model so you can see how these three pieces will become the continuous length of carving along the side of the barge aft. Its pretty typical of the acanthus leaf carving designs on any ship model. I figured its better done in three small lengths than one huge piece....just in case a one-time error that ruins the piece I am working on....the other two will still be fine and usable. Each one took me about six or seven hours to carve in a few one or two hour sessions.