In the last couple years, I found really neat article in Carving Magazine about carving a Whimsical Hut. Like any time that I find an interesting project in a carving magazine, I usually try to do the project as close to their instruction as possible to get used to the project. It seems to be a good gauge of how well the project or tutorial is written, the closer that I can get to replicating it on the first or second attempt. After giving it a couple tries, I then like to change up the project and work toward making it my own carving based on the overall idea of the project.
This past weekend, I found a piece of scrap basswood that was from a 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 12″ practice piece. The scrap was still about 4″ long, so I cut in half and had two pieces to play with that were 1 1/2″ X 1 1/2″ X 2″. With a few glances at the original article to refresh my memory on a couple points, I set out to carve a miniature Whimsical Hut. So far I have just roughed out the shape of the hut and the rock base. It will still need some details, like a door, window, and maybe texture for the roof and walls. Then it will be ready for painting. I have seriously been thinking about doing a solid color stain on it, instead of separate colors for each element of the hut.
I’m not sure when I will be able to get back to the Miniature Whimsical Hut, so I wanted to share it’s progress so far.