Wow! Thanks for the comments!!
Of course I see all the stages I might have done it slightly better and faster now:)
I found the original "Owl" thread that led me to buying my first model with my own money.http://forum.vectric.com/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=21208
Unfortunately, all buying links got deleted. Went looking for the model last week for a friend, but I think it's a lost cause now to find the rightful owner, as it's all over the place at ridiculous prices.
Dad never did get that model for Christmas,as I made it in CUT3D, and wasn't happy with the beginner pocket edges. Cut3D was too gommy for me with VCP7.***,
Didn't really get into 3D till VCP8.5 which was a game changer for me.
Didn't really like the bevel on the top edge,the slightly loose bark,or the checking on the end grain. I didn't get to my aunt's place till 3 days after the tree was down. And I think this piece was a cutoff near the chainsaw cut. IMPORTANT to throw Anything on the end grain to seal it!
I trimmed most of the ends for checking, and sealed with Linseed/beeswax "Butter" within the hour,and that worked well on all the small pieces like this except this one which had already checked.
Anything from foundation sealer to just latex paint will help.
This little guy has a slightly cracked head(Just like Me:)
Leo, I Do think the beveled end, and having the models bark similar to the curvature of real bark helps create that illusion.
So much so, that I'll bevel the top of this piece also for my step-mom.
I think I'll also do a ZLevel roughing to see the interior colors roughly, and THEN mod my Z-Zero for for a 3DRaster roughing.
On this one, I Z-zeroed from the spoilboard, and then dropped by .05" at a time the first pass on the 3D Roughing, until I had solid wood on his beak, and lower "flat" section looked interesting.
Then I Nudged my Z-Zero for the Chinese .25mmR TBN down the same exact amount as the total I had done for the .125"Downcut (.3").
I like a 3D Raster Roughing with a machining allowance of .02", so a coat of finish has better penetration for the finish cut(seems to help Fuzzies).
Quite a difference in the heart/sap combo in this one,may change model height a little to stay with a light colored Owl again? Or maybe Mottled:)
I'll wait until caffeine/music inspired again
Didn't do a darn thing today except decide which was "Top" on my step-mom's piece..positively Lazy!
Thanks again for the kind comments!