We are really at mouse level now, defining the paws and feet, and completing the tail.
One of the trickiest parts of the carving is keeping the door wedge looking true: square and real, like a separate object on which the little mouse sits. I trust my eye for this but you may like to use a square template to keep accurate.
| 08 June 2015 06:59
Richard - It's very satisfying to convert a tool you don't use into one that you will use a lot. As long as the chisel is a carving one, in other words completely symmetrical view side on - bench chisels are offset - then you can skew the edge.There's a video under Sharpening > Modifying Skew Chisels that you'll find helpful for the shape. Also, with such a lot of preliminary grinding it's easy to overheat the blade - the point is particularly vulnerable to turning blue. So, take it easy; lots of dipping in cold water.
| 02 June 2015 15:03
I was watching this and thinking about the skew chisel you were using which seemed to have a much "longer" skew than than standard ones (which are normally about 45 degrees?) I have a quarter inch wood carving chisel (good quality I think) for which I have no need. What do you think my chances are of turning this into a similar skew?