I have a very interesting and also challenging project going on. I am re-making a large wooden bracket with a king’s head carved on it. It is probably about 60 to 80 years old, was positioned on the outside of the house (in Birmingham, Alabama), and is very dry and weathered. The original is extremely fragile, and pieces of the face can easily break off.
I have roughed in much of the face and beard, and will detail the face and hopefully the crown tomorrow. It is interesting that the original was made very well for being outside, as they carved it in such a way that there were no places where water was able to sit and rot it out. That is why it has lasted as long as it has.
I am guessing they will be putting some kind of external coating or heavy duty paint on it to prevent it from weathering for as long as possible. Any suggestions for this would be appreciated.
This king’s face is great, isn’t it? What a wonderful expression of peaceful authority. He also looks a little tired (or maybe that’s just the way I feel). The client that wanted the other classic “authoritative” head carved had looked at this one in my workshop and said he liked this – you can probably see some similarity between the two. I did take some ideas from this one.