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Friday, August 19, 2011
Whenever whittling figures that have a hat with a wide brim there is at least one decision to make right off.
The brim on this State Patrol hat is wide, and as you can see, there will be quite a bit of wood to be whittled off if you decide to whittle the figure out of one block of wood. The first decision is: whittle the hat in one piece or two? In this first example I decided in one piece.
Here's an example of a cowboy with a hat that also has a wide brim. I decided to whittle the cowboy with a "conehead", and the then do the brim separate. This is a two part figure.
The "conehead" part of the cowboy becomes the top part of the hat. By doing this piece in two parts I was able to use a much smaller block of wood, eliminate the need to whittle off a whole bunch of wood, and complete the project faster. Cheaper, easier, and faster; what more does one want?