Wednesday, July 18, 2007

More chopping

Yes, I'm still hacking away at the block, I feel it's running away from me a bit and doing it's own thing. I had that twang whilst working on it last know the one...the 'Augh! I've lost it!' twang. Still, I shall carry on regardless; experience is that often work turns out ok even if you think at any point you've 'lost' it...and if it doesn't, it's giving me plenty of experience in texture work and the marks my burins can make.

I'm not over keen on one of my spitstickers; the tang seems a little twisted in the wooden handle so that when I have to cut with it over the block I can't get as low to the wood (because the handle starts to touch the block) and the cut ends up a little too deep and wide as a result. I may have to see about getting that looked at.

I had to sharpen a couple of burins too last night. Sadly the sharpening jig I bought is too big for my little sharpening stone, so I did it by hand. Not very experienced in these matters, but it seemed okay-ish.

It seems I may take delivery of a press in a few weeks, after my holiday. Jeremy, my contact, has one but is working away at present; then I'm away for a fortnight, but after that he'll be in touch. Yippee!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

More sky and tree branches!

Here's the latest state of the block. Having fun creating pecks and swirls for texture. More later!