I was bored. I hadn’t done a wood spirit style carving in a long time, so I went to the wood pile and pulled a very wet piece of walnut with a possible mouth already built in. The wetness in the wood allows one to carve a lot more easily, especially through the sapwood (lighter, outside layer). I started with a small chainsaw to rough it out, leaving the top for an aged copper “cap” that I had on hand..
Then, I proceed with various hand tools and use a 2 pound hammer for the heavy removal of material. I also use a lighter wooden hammer with the smaller chisels and to give my arm a rest!
As the carving evolves, I get more ideas as to what it wants to look like. He appears to be singing or whistling, with bloated cheeks and eyes upturned—a happy fellow, probably reflecting my mood as I’m working on him!
I decide to add a little jewelry: an earring and a copper lip piercing to go with his copper hat.