What else did I do with my day? I repaired yet another box for 10,000 Villages like this one:
The boxes come from India and often the lids warp with the temperature and humidity changes. The hinges are maddeningly attached with nails so all the work on the boxes has to be done fully assembled. I have developed a whole bag of tricks for clamping, planing, sanding and re-staining these boxes.
Today was another first for me. I was so carried away with this project I didn't take a before picture, only after pictures.
The hippo began with a symmetric face but somewhere in his travels from Kenya to Canada his right nostril got broken completely off.
|caution: hippo at work.|
I have no idea what sort of wood this is. It didn't help that I was working on the end grain but I learned from trial and error that it was better to use files and rasps than to try and carve it with blades.
With some patience and a bag load of tools I reshaped the face then sanded and polished my work. I know that it has been repaired but....it just looks hand carved and individual to the uninformed eye.
Do you remember the scene in Toy Story 2 where the guy repaints and restores Woody. He has a super tool box with all the specialized tools he needs.
|carving tools on left|
Dremel tool box on right
small box of needle files, sanding jigs
and other tools spread all about.