Dolphin from Reclaimed Wood – Art, Carving, Sculpture

Dolphin from Reclaimed Wood – Art, Carving, Sculpture


Boy, that is heavy… or maybe I am just weak. I guess today is the day I am going to try
to start carving something out of this big chunk of wood. This is a heart pine beam. It is reclaimed from an old factory. Unfortunately, it has a lot of rot on the
outside. I am going to take off the rot and see what
I have left. I cut these up into more manageable pieces. I cut a lot of the rot out. I basically cut along the big checks in order
to remove the largest cracks. Oh man, it is a scorcher today, upwards of
35 degrees Celcius. Now that I have flattened this side, I can
draw my design on the side. I printed off some images of a dusky dolphin. I am going to try to carve a dolphin out of
this. I considered using the chainsaw to cut off
the bulk of the material once I draw my design on here. I did not want to bother bringing out the
chainsaw again today. I am just going to use the angle grinder. The reason why I chose this one is because
of its dark markings. I want to try burning once it is smoothed
out. I just want to get the general shape anyway. It is OK if it is not perfect. OK, so I regret not using the chainsaw to
remove the bulk of the material. I am pretty happy with how this is going so
far. I still have to do more shaping on these fins. Plus, I want to smooth it out more. I like how the silhouette of this tail turned
out. Hopefully, it is not just a fluke. I am going to call it a day today because
it is hot. Yesterday, I went at this with the angle grinder
and a flap sanding disk. Then I was hand-sanding it for quite some
time. I did not bother filming it because it was
kind of boring. I really like how this is turning out. I have a lot more sanding to do. I sanded this. It is getting pretty smooth, but now I need
to work on the fins. I have been avoiding working on the fins because
once I make them delicate, I am afraid they would break off. I have been leaving them rough. Now I am going to take the rotary tool and
shape these into fins, then more hand sanding. I started to burn this with the torch and
I encountered a problem. The sap is literally boiling out of the wood
and keeping it from burning on the growth rings. For example, right here, this lighter area
would burn, but the darker area would not. I am not sure how I am going to overcome that
problem. Maybe I will not. Now that this is getting close to finished,
I want to make a base for it. Originally, I wanted to use this 7/8 inch
dowel. It is from the bed a I got a little while
ago. I was going to use one of these as a dowel
to hold up the sculpture, but I do not have a drill bit large enough for this. I think I am going to use just this 1/2 inch
pine dowel and put two of them in here. I am going to make a base out of this. I have to say, I am pretty pleased with how
this turned out. I have to put a few more coats of lacquer
on it. I would like to get it to a nice gloss, so
it looks like it is wet. Like it is jumping out of the water or something. I do not know if I will get there. I will give it a try anyway. Thanks a lot for watching. If you would like to support what I do, feel
free to check out my shops to either buy some art or a t-shirt. Who knows, you might see me at Maker Faire
in New York. If you are there, make sure you look for Cammie’s
Garage.

22 thoughts on “Dolphin from Reclaimed Wood – Art, Carving, Sculpture

  1. I was following this on Instagram. Always enjoy seeing how you can see something and create out of nothing. Another cool project. I’ll be up in NY again this year for Maker Faire. Not that far away. Bringing my wife this year so we are going to get there a few days early and see the sites.

  2. The problem your running into is it is turned into fatlighter. Because it's so old. The one awsome thing is if you take the time and sand it really fine all it does is make the wood stand out more. I have several trees that are solid I love carving pine like this makes unreal bowls and other sculptures. Does really great pieces when doing faces. Keep up the good work…

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