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I would like to show how to free a gorilla trapped in a block of wood  :)

My first step is gathering pictures. I  go to my paper files I've been collecting over some 45 years. Plus my favorite, my set of World Book encyclopedias. I can use google to supplement.

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Then I make my drawing of all sides/views. By the way, this is a 1:24 scale gorilla.

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Next I take my drawing and transfer it to the block of wood.

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Then I cut the side profile on my scroll saw. 

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Now the fun begins, the carving. Here I've got his head carved. I start there and work my way down.

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Continuing down the body.

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Here he's completely emerged from the wood. Now I carve the hair into his body. Then paint him and he's finished.

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ElgaKoster

You make it sound so easy Linda, but I know this took a lot of work, he is beautiful! What kind of wood do you use for your animal carvings?

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miraclechicken

Hi Elga, I use Jelutong. Yeah, I remember spending an insane amount of hours just detailing one hand...

---Linda

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Catherine Ronan

I would love to see all the figures you carved and submitted for IGMA Fellow. I know from the things I have you made photos just can't do your work justice. He is amazing!!!

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miraclechicken

AWWW thank you  Catherine. I wish I had taken everything in progress, but I mis-read the application and thought it said show one piece.... it said show "at least" one piece.....oh well......

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Debora Beijerbacht

This is just so lovely to see Linda. I was fortunate to see your fellow pieces for real, and ever since I wondered how you made them. They had a life like feel to them that blew me away. Thank you so much for sharing how you carved him! Your painting skills are as impressive too.

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