Bleaching wood is not the same as painting it white. With bleaching you can still see the grain and pattern, but in a ghostly way. Painting would cover all this up.
I decided to leave the snail body natural wood, lightly beeswaxed. I've carved other snails in the past and stained their bodies green, finishing with gloss polyurethaen varnish. The result is a slimy, realism.
| 24 May 2019 00:29
Thanks, Chris, Very informative. Your Wood Carving Workshop it almost feels like your cheating at woodcarving when you give the answers. And your sharing your knowledge you have acquired with your life experience as a woodcarver. If you have a question you can find the answers in the search box or post a comment and it's soon given. The only test are the ones you give yourself by doing.
| 19 September 2013 12:52
Pete - I carved it for Les Deux Chevres, 23 Rue de L'Eglise, 21220 Gevrey-Chambertin, France; where I believe it's in the restaurant.
| 16 September 2013 19:00
Really great series this one Chris! As I live in S.W. France I'd like to know where this is going to live, and maybe go see it in the flesh, so to speak. Any chance of letting me know just where please?
Pete the Wood Servant
| 26 June 2013 11:42
Wonderful project and highly informative. I really appreciate the quality of the lessons !
| 18 June 2013 19:35
Ann - Not necessarily more than you'd get joining any 2 pieces of wood together. But, remember the rule: if there IS contrary grain on either side of a join (or a knot), the technique you need is, cut ACROSS the grain with a SLICE - either to the left or the right
| 18 June 2013 06:05
Chris, I understood well the discussion of light and dark wood in a glue up situation, but if one reverses the wood of one piece, aren't there then grain (against & with) problems? Which is "worse"?