At last! The lion's head. Still flat in the nature of relief carving, and with some detail bits, such as the eyes. Keep the features simple and bold.
In the video I mention Dockyard Microtools: small delicate carving tools that I have found very useful over the years for intricate, fiddly work. Here's a link to their website:
I have no vested interest in them. I know they are available in the UK and elsewhere and you'll need to do a web search for a convenient distributor. They seem to be sold only as assorted sets of tools, in which the gouges are, for me, the most useful. The chisels I resharpened into little flat gouges...
| 21 January 2020 17:08
Beth - I dithered a lot about that! In the end I used a matt acrylic varnish, just to seal and protect the wood, rather than for any effect.
| 20 January 2020 18:44
Interesting project, Chris! Thanks for sharing. Just curious what sort of finish you decided to use?
| 20 January 2020 17:57
Thank you Chris. That is what I tried. I modified a slipstone to fit inside. However it is difficult to see if the bevel is flat and so on... Good to know that I was on the right path!
| 20 January 2020 16:57
Iria - These small tools are sharpened in the same way as the larger: low cutting angle, keeping the corners etc. The problem you might have with this 3mm #9, say, is finding a slipstone narrow enough to work on the inside bevel. You can reshape slipstones to fit of course, or you can leave out the inner bevel and just strop the inside.
| 19 January 2020 00:09
Looks really good, as usual Chris!
As I do not have many tools I tend to buy smaller ones, because you can certainly use a small one un a big area, but you cannot use a big one on the small spaces. It will be really nice to see a video on sharpening the smaller ones, for example the small 3 mm number 9 or similar you used for the hair or the miniature ones! Any especial tips for them?