Pelican Carving: Process
Between working on carving Form plaques I have also been working on another project for SPS that involves carving the School symbol: The Pelican. When completed, this carving will be mounted on top of a plaque that will be displayed on the second floor of the Schoolhouse. I am taking photographs each day I work on the pelican carving to document the process, using Instagram (ninthwavedesigns), and will upload them to the slideshow and gallery below as the project progresses:
Pelican carving is ready to begin.
After a few hours of carving – very rough shapes so far.
Roughing out the shape of the wings.
Refining the shape of the wings and nest.
Beginning to add detail to the wing.
Starting to add feathers to the left wing.
The right wing is almost ready to add feather details.
Cleaning up the feather details on the left wing.
Carving completed on the left wing – now it’s time to start working on the right one.
About 3/4 of the feather details are completed on the right wing.
Both wings are essentially done – moving on to the center of the carving now.
Roughing out the little birds.
Mother and babies are completed – just the nest left to do.
Working on the nest.
The pelican carving is complete!
Detail of completed pelican carving.
Full view of finished pelican.
Applying oil to the pelican carving.
The header carving attached to the body of the plaque – oiled and drying. The Spanish cedar has darkened up to a nice deep rich tone.