Well as promised here are some photos of the progress of the raffle prize.
For a mere £2 this carving of a mermaid figurehead could be yours…..
I am carving a piece of Tetbury limestone, from Veizeys Quarry. It started as a block 19 x 12 x 10 inches but obviously as I carve into the stone it will get smaller-and lighter!
Here are the first images, one of the design itself and the drawing on the stone. Although I am working from my imagination I have made a sketch, from this sketch I made a template which I can draw around to ensure I have the same dimensions as it still has to fit within the confines of the block of stone.
From this I can mark out the stone that can come off in order to give me the required shape-so for example the tail can be shaped using the masonry techniques employed to create a round shape.
I needed to carve in the step where the scroll would be and as this needs to be a uniform block I cut this first everything else is a freeform shape and will emerge as I carve.
As you can see at the end of day one she is still a bit rough around the edges and obviously needs alot of work before you can imagine what she will look like!
As I start to get into the stone more I am able to develop the shapes and create the rough outlines of the features, the main ones being the tail, the body and the face.
It is important to start getting the face loosely roughed out so I know how big the head will be and subsequently how much hair there will be-too much and she won’t look right. Although the face is still not right I now have the initial proportions and can start to develop the rest of the carving.
This represents about 12hrs carving so far and I anticipate another 20 at least. I will post more photos as the carving progresses.
All the profit from this will go into the festival kitty to help pay for the necessary running costs of my festival.