Approximately 15in high, 15in
wide and 29in long and carved from from a single piece of
well seasoned English walnut wood finished with
Danish Oil, this carving would make an
impressive tactile display in a large foyer, hallway or
office boardroom as well as a private home.
The timber, a crotch of Walnut,
before I began carving the snail, together with a
Halfway through the carving
the shape of the snail is beginning to emerge.
Here I am using a deep 'Robert Sorby'
gouge with a heavy mallet for the initial shaping
because the timber is very tough.
The deep gouge cuts have been removed, and using
my spokeshave, a traditional hand tool, the
surface of the snail
shell is smoothed before I begin carving its spiral.
The spiral is marked and can now be carved
on the smooth surface.
The tooling made by cutting with a deep gouge
on the body and base of the snail gives a
wonderful tactile contrast with the smooth polished
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