Suffice to say that my arms ache and I've only grazed a finger so far which is good for me.
If you are going to carve any wood, do yourself the biggest favour and buy the best quality carving tools - they make it so much easier. I already had a starter set of good tools but went and bought a couple more - one of which is by Pfeil of Switzerland which is like a hot knife through butter. I'm in love. I wouldn't mind a couple more but will see how I go.
So this is what she looks like now.
I am a bit bluffed of power saws so I roughed her out by hand from scratch with my little coping saw and chisels.
At the moment she is a little short waisted for my liking so I will be carving some more off those hips.
Some Queen Anne dolls don't particularly appeal to me - the ones that look downright mean. Mine will not be one of those. I like the smiling ones.
And mine won't have the glass eyes since
a. I have no idea where to get said eyes and
b. I wouldn't know how to set them in the head.
So it's a given that mine will have painted eyes.
As I have the attention span of a gnat at times I'll be gung ho for a while and and then probably flit off to something else (like the other UFOs I have).
And now that I am down to the finer details like the head I am a tad scared that I will do too much and she will be nose-less!
So here's to carving!