Can't stop !
Another walnut, this one with quite a blond streak running through it. Decided to do this one "in the block", non standing proud style. Benefits, finished model is alot heavier and substantial feeling, cutting time alot quicker [about 3 hours including rough].
Downsides, alot more finish sanding. The smaller areas like the pointed edges of the robe were all loaded with fuzz and it took some time to clear them by hand. Also some nasty machining marks ... Unlike the standing proud style, which starts at the bottom and works its way to the top without interruption, this bounces all over, stopping here to move and start there, finishing up here and moving there ect. Never looks clean where it starts and stops., so thats more sanding and I can still see some of them. Also cut through the block on the lower left portion of the model due to the bow, I patched it with thin walnut and its hard to tell its not the same wood.
This was a 1.25" thick chunk of walnut, I ripped it in half with a bandsaw hoping that I would be able to do 2 models with 1 slab. Worked, but just barely. Slicing it released alot of tension and the other half I don't think will be usable, very bowed.
This one is not quite finished, I still have to sand it down again and apply another clear coat.