Friday, December 24, 2010

The Dove and Rainbow, revisited

You may recall from earlier this year, I posted a bit about, Scott, a ventriloquist friend of mine who gave a very nice presentation about how to carve and paint dummies at our carving club.  It was quite a nice evening.

I think that I mentioned at the time that his church (Scott is one of the two Pastors there) was in the process of adding a 6000 square foot addition onto their building and completely renovating their sanctuary.   They have done a nice job.  It really looks fantastic now!.

I promised him that I would make a "housewarming gift" to commemorate the new addition.  Since then I have been trying to come up with an original idea and finally decided to fall back on a previous design, or at least something based on a previous design, the Dove and the Rainbow and the picture shows the final product.

The proportions of my previous efforts (this one is the third) have always bothered me.  The rainbow was too short and too wide.  I managed to beg borrow and steal...well, not actually "steal"...chunks of a number of different types of wood for the rainbow.  This rainbow is about twice a long as the previous ones, about 2/3s as wide and has an additional stripe.  I would have like to have even more stripes but the colors of the wood I was able to find just weren't varied enough to merit it.  The species of wood, from top to bottom are: Bloodwood, Cherry, Butternut, Oak and Purpleheart.

I wanted to have a place to add a little brass plate with the title and appropriate bible verses, so I added the cloud.    The dove and the cloud are both carved from basswood.

One of the people that my wife works with reminded me that I really needed to add an olive branch.  I had thought of the before but this time I bent one up of tinned copper wire, filled in the leaves with solder and superglued it in place.  I think it was a nice touch although any similarity between it and a real olive twig is purely coincidental.

I hope you like it.

One from the Bench:

         Think like a man of action, and act like a man of thought.

'Til next time...Keep Makin' Chips!