Fortunately for me, Mark told me where a tulip poplar tree had fallen in the woods and was still green. It was wonderfully carvable wood and I wanted to work with it nonstop. My self imposed deadline for the project was Oct. 31 and I am pretty accountable to myself for such things.
I worked hard and finished on time. The goodies got put in the mail yesterday and so today has been spent vacuuming all the sawdust and wood bits from all over the house. (How it gets to some of the places it does, I have no idea.) I cleaned off my desk to make room for scherenschnitte time. November will be a time for cutting my Christmas cards. I'm sure that as soon as I get into it, I will feel as addicted to it as I do to the carving right now.
I mostly carved out on my screened in porch, but my studio room, aka Snippyville, also doubled as a wood shop.
|My babies were almost done at this point. They had all been sanded smooth. Then, I soaked the in water to allow the grain to rise again and then to get sanded once more.|