The lesson to be learned is to make sure you ask questions about what the project is expected to look like, before saying OK.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
One of the brothers that have the diner where I take my breakfast each day, asked if I could carve a gargoyle for one of the customers. Without really giving it much thought I said OK. A few days later I was given a photo from a mail order catalog of a gargoyle. The first problem I saw was the size of the expected gargoyle - way too large for what I normally whittle. But I set out to do the project anyway - my way. Smaller than the photo! During the whittlin, another thing happened. The more I whittled, the more "ungargoyle" like the piece became. In fact it first looked like a pig with wings. But I could fix that in the detailing. After the final detailing cuts were made, and upon inspection, yet another concern. Aren't gargoyles supposed to have a scary mean look to them? And I don't think gargoyles are supposed to look like puppies with wings either. I might have pulled it off by naming the whittling, a "Baby Gargoyle".