Finished!

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Wired for hanging to lighten the piece and so there will be no weight burden on the hook or hanger.

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This project has been in the works for several years. Turning ordinary items into art has always been intriguing to me. I especially enjoy carving clothing, making a hard piece of wood look like something soft. This piece is modeled after an actual dress that one of my closest friend wore as a baby.

 

4-30-18 The carving is pretty much finished. The back is hollowed out to lighten the weight of the carving and to provide space to wire the piece for hanging on a wall.  The hanger and hook are the most fragile part, so they will not be weight bearing. I have reinforced the back of the hanger and hook with super glue. I did  some sanding but want to leave some tool marks. Next…oil and wax!

 

I am a detail freak, so of course I had to carve all the petticoat ruffles.  This is end grain, so getting nice clean cuts was not easy!  

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It’s getting there!!!

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It’s starting to look a little softer.Working on folds and some of the detail.  I’ll leave the hanger for last because it will be the most fragile part of the piece.

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Some more detail…sleeves, folds, collar shaping.

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Getting started, beginning to delineate layers sections of the dress.

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The bandsawed blank and the first cuts.  I had this cut out for years before actually starting on the carving.

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I can’t carve what I don’t know, so I took measurements and photos of the dress from all angles.

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Photos and measurements of the dress from all angles.