like the attention to detail the folds in the clothing is good also like the transition form the topper to the shank a nicely dressed piece of work .
I always think that these type of toppers should be made with a interchangeable topper so after Christmas you can put another type of topper on the shank as once you get the shank you like I like to use it all the time by changing the topper.
Thank You Randy for telling me about this site and thank you to all for the fine comments. I love to carve wood and occasionally carve walking sticks.
I glanced through the gallery a little bit and there's some beautiful work there. this looks like a nice place to learn some things so I'll take some time and look around.
On this particular Piece, the skin tone, I used a 2 part wood bleach. I was real pleased with the results it gave just the right amount of contrast. I definitely will use it again.
I thinks some carvings can really be enhanced with paint or a little color/stain... but it can be very tricky to get it right. I have gotten it wrong many times.
I have played aroud with artist inks mixed with varnish to try and get tints . it does enhace the wood when it works it does take some time to get it right it all depends on the colour ofthe wood you use . spend a lot of time testing bits and the other problem is repeating the same process dosnt take much to get it wrong
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