re-using, recycling, and redeeming old wood

#30 Wood carving: Seals, Nature and The Zoo

Seal, six inches high, acrylic paint

Seals. I have seen them in Lincoln Park Zoo. They show up in circuses and shows. There are several books I remember from my childhood where seals were the main characters.

Early stages, cleaning blank

Carving awaiting paint

One of the things that attracts me to seals is their smooth, clean lines. There is

something about their glide through the water, the effortless twists and turns, that make them eye-appealing.

A harem of seals.

Of course, their sounds, barks and other interesting vocalizations helps to draw one to them.

Seal, another view of early stages

So another idea for carving.

Carving Tip:  You will notice the seal awaiting paint.  The base utilizes some of the features found on the wood when the carving was planned.

The dark part of the base is a bit of the basswood bark.  The carving was arranged so that this bark feature would remain.

“Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.”   Gen 1  New International Bible.

Close up of finished seal.


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