Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Archangel Michael no. 4

This carving was completed in three weeks time and it took one week to sand down. It is carved on lime wood and it shows Archangel Michael. Because it is the fourth time that I have carved this same icon, I call it Archangel Michael 4. Its dimensions are 48 cm wide, 1.20 cm tall and about 10 cm thick. This stage is right before I detailed the hair, the eyes and some other minor finishing touches.

Oiling the icon on November 6, 2007 at the office of a beloved person.

You can see and appreciate the thickness of the wood and the carving which is all one piece of wood. No cuts, glues, nor mending were used.

Oiling the back is essential because this is wood and its a living organism. Whatever you do in the front, you need to do in the back so as to keep it from warping.

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