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Humpback Whale Carving


Lachlan

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I was commissioned to make a baleen whale necklace for a tour guide in the area. So I chose to make a humpback whale from bone. I did no drawings on paper rather just jumped straight in. I make a lot of dugong so I figured most of the whale is the same.

 

I had fun on this piece, I enjoyed making the tiny bumps on the whales head (they normally have them on the fins as well but I chose to leave them out. You cant really see them in the photos but you can feel them when you touch it- its very tactile. ~10 hours went into this piece.

 

First step for me is a rough shape. For roughing I use a 1/2x1/2 and 1/4x1/2 sanding drum

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More roughing leaving plenty of room for the fins. More detail for the tail- I start with the tail. I finalise details with needle files before using sandpaper.

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Sanded the tail to just about finished before moving onto the fins. For the fins I use carbide burrs and diamond burrs.

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Next step was to do the mouth, bumps/barnicles, eyes, blowhole and folds of skin underneath. Details were done with tiny carbide and diamond burs.

Then I stained it with potassium permanganate and started a final sanding. Then it was polished.

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Here the necklace is unstrung, just waiting to hear back how he would like it to hang.

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