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As CV3 said heres a load of bull
Messing about with some lime wood and rams horn.
The origanl drawing where to big so reduced the size and design , again looking at roman/ greek myth. and the spanish fighting bull
Art Working animal Fawn Wall Paint Pattern
Wood Working animal Art Fawn Terrestrial animal blank cut out
Head Wood Headgear Art Fawn Rams horn
Jaw Wood Art Ingredient Font Rams horn cut out divided into two sections
View attachment 3069 Positioning horns with dowel for angle/ size and fit .have yet to be shaped.
 

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Using horn will make it really standout. Looks good.
 

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Looks great so far. Sorry Cobalt tried to help you out by getting rid of the thumbnail but I think I slipped with my finger and
Deleted the wrong one bud.

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trying to get some work done on the bull.have got round to repositioning the horns had to redrill the holes for the dowel and fill the other holes i.It should make anydifference to the head as it will be painted . started to shape the rams horn using rasps and think i will have to bend the horn more to enhance the head.Its a slow process finalising the shape.

Still a fair bit of carving to do to get the head shape okay

Jaw Natural material Metal Artifact Ingredient repositioning the horn

Wood Musical instrument Natural material Plant Metal shaping the rams horn

Jaw Ingredient Wood Cuisine Dish positioning
 

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The horns are looking good cobalt. It is going to be a good looking topper.
 

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Time seems to be in short supply at the moment but did sneek nto the workshop today to try and get it finished

Jaw Working animal Wood Fawn Toy inserted glass dress makers pins for the pupils

Plant Jaw Working animal Fawn Terrestrial animal front view

Wood Mammal Natural material Fawn Sculpture shortened the horn by 1/2 inch looked more like the longhorn , it looked good with the longhorn but more prone to damage i think

Wood Fawn Natural material Terrestrial animal Horn horn needs polishing and the carving needs a few tweeks sanding and sealing
 

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He is good looking bull. Very well done.
 

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Great looking piece Cobalt!

I am thinking the stick will be a great conversation starter!
 

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will use drawing ink and clear varnish after its had a couple of sessions burning it

carved the ears and positioned them .nothing is fixed yet

Working animal Wood Ear Dog breed Fawn ears located for the second time had to reposition them filled holes in with dowel

Jaw Wood Working animal Fawn Snout 1st stage burning
 

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Completed the 2nd stage burning today. hopefully i will have time to fix the horn/eyes and ears in place. a tad more polishing on the rams horn then start finishing with ink and varnish? The burning has given it some teture but didnt want this to pronounced

Head Sculpture Wood Art Creative arts 2nd stage burning. hoping this will enhance the mixture of black drawing ink and varnish effect , and aviod a flat black colour that you oftern get when using black
 

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Hi cobalt, burning looks good, I have a pyrograph (Peter Childs) but has of yet not used it on my toppers. I must have a go when I do the Peregrine falcon topper.
 

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the burning has really brought the bull to life. after black ink tint, maybe a satin polyurethane would give it the sleek black look of the Spanish fighting bull ?
 

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Thats the look i am after mark

i have the peter child machine i like it it has some control on it. The problem is with burning is to get used to burning the end grain of the wood completely different compared with going with the grain,It is ideal for useing on birds of any kind. It as you say keeps the fuzz down a lot reduces sanding which i hate.It does texture slightly depending on both temp. and pressure put on the nib.With a good stiff brush it cleans up well.And nearly always use it on water fowl.

There is a good book on carving birds called" carving realistic birds" by David Tippey It gives some good toolsand techniques guide along with painting..There all british common British birds and the osprey not to bad.

The falcon is interesting bird should make good subject matter.I think the most difficult part of birds of prey is the transition between the topper and the shank , I like to see the topper overhang the shank with the neck becoming part of the transition but with birds of prey they dont have much neck.So most toppers are cut back into the shank .It looks okay.
 

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Took your advice CV3 and smoothed the snout off.

The wiil fix the eyes when its had final coat of varnish

Head Toy Working animal Ear Fawn Snout sanded back

Toy Wood Fawn Water Terrestrial animal coated snout with drawing ink

Head Bull Wood Working animal Ear sealed with clear varnish

Sculpture Deer Working animal Terrestrial animal Fawn 1st coat ink and varnish mix

Working animal Wood Fawn Liver Terrestrial animal 2nd coat ink vatnish

Working animal Jaw Terrestrial animal Fawn Snout 3rd coat
 

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