133. Dolphins, noteworthy creatures.
Wish you could hold this one. It really is one of the best parts of the piece. And dolphins are interesting and delightful in so many ways.
By the numbers: 40 species, can live 50 years, largest 30 feet(killer whale is a dolphin – didn’t know that), smallest 3 feet, max dive depth 1,000 feet, speed – avg 3-7 mph, up to 20 mph, and can weigh up to 19,000 lbs.
Other stuff to know: protect weak or injured members, intelligent, sleep with only half their brain, are very playful, and they are different from porpoises.
This dolphin is made carved in basswood. Sanding doesn’t normally get done my shop, but dolphins need to be smooth, so 80 grit, 120 grit, and then 600 grit. It was painted with acrylic one drop paint to fifteen drops of water. Finally it was buffed with a brown paper bag, wax was applied and after drying it was buffed again. You should feel it.
Hope you get to catch the wonder of some part of creation this summer. Shalom.