It's something I never thought I could do, carving. I was never any good at working with clay or even carving Ivory soap bars on camping trips in Girl Scouts. Even now I still surprise myself when I finish a wax carving, that it turned out looking like what I intended it to.
Here's a brand new piece that I carved last weekend. It took me about 3 1/2 hours to carve it, but I had to take little breaks in between. Usually when I start swearing I know it's time to walk away from my bench.
Step one, start with a block of wax:
Step two, saw off a slab and trace pattern onto the block:
Step three, saw out a rough shape:
Step four, shape with files, fingernail, rough cloth, whatever ya got:
Step five, using burrs carve out the back of the piece and create a bail:
Last step, smooth it out until it's perfect and ready for casting:
Stay tuned for the final piece...