Black Skimmer Part 6 / Oil clay surfcaster

Continuing to refine the beak on the black skimmer. I will be edge joining the basswood boards for the base this week, these will become the water the skimmer is flying over.  I am excited to begin carving the water and to get the beak immersed within it. 

I watched this guy, back in late November or early December, 2016 poach some short stripped bass in Rockaway Beach,... he dragged three of them back to his house on a stringer.... the stringer is incomplete here- I'll update with a better photo soon. I am excited to see how I can develop additional clay studies of fishermen. 

I watched this guy, back in late November or early December, 2016 poach some short stripped bass in Rockaway Beach,... he dragged three of them back to his house on a stringer.... the stringer is incomplete here- I'll update with a better photo soon. I am excited to see how I can develop additional clay studies of fishermen. 

Sketches from Jamaica Bay

Im starting some illustrations for an ongoing project with an amazing author (names and details to follow soon), in the meantime here is a sample of some illustrations of birds, bait, fish and flies from Jamaica bay and the Rockaways.

Fluke (Doormat), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"    

Fluke (Doormat), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

 

 

Bay Anchovy and Finger Mullet, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bay Anchovy and Finger Mullet, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Juvenile Menhaden (Peanut Bunker), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Juvenile Menhaden (Peanut Bunker), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bob's Banger, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bob's Banger, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Shore Break Bass and Bait, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Shore Break Bass and Bait, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bruiser Bluefish, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bruiser Bluefish, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Fluke, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Fluke, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Striper, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Striper, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Striper (Portrait), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Striper (Portrait), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Striper (Broom Tail), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Striper (Broom Tail), pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Swimming Striper, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Swimming Striper, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bucktail Deceiver, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Bucktail Deceiver, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Clouser Minnow, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Clouser Minnow, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Forster's Terns, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Forster's Terns, pencil on paper, 7" x 10"

Black Skimmer in progress

Here is some rough documentation of this piece in progress as it progresses from maquette, to mock-up to finished carving.

 

This is a maquette for a larger carving. The beak on this skimmer is still in progress (it needs some slimming and some painting.) This maquette measures approximately 11" long and 4 1/2" high, painted basswood.       

This is a maquette for a larger carving. The beak on this skimmer is still in progress (it needs some slimming and some painting.) This maquette measures approximately 11" long and 4 1/2" high, painted basswood. 

 

 

 

After making the maquette, a full scale mock-up was constructed out of cardboard in order to gauge the size and to get a sense of scale.  

After making the maquette, a full scale mock-up was constructed out of cardboard in order to gauge the size and to get a sense of scale.

 

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 Full scale drawings follow in order to help layout the rough shape of the skimmer onto basswood planks.

 Full scale drawings follow in order to help layout the rough shape of the skimmer onto basswood planks.

The interior portions of the body are drilled out to reduce weight, and mortises are cut to accept the wings.  

The interior portions of the body are drilled out to reduce weight, and mortises are cut to accept the wings.

 

Drilling holes to chisel out a mortise in the wing.    

Drilling holes to chisel out a mortise in the wing.

 

 

A tenon/dowel is turned on the lower beak, and the head is drilled out to accept it. Within this lower beak and tenon/dowel is a 3/8" hole that runs then length of the lower beak and into the head to accept a stainless steel rod for suspending the skimmer off of what will be the carvings base.  

A tenon/dowel is turned on the lower beak, and the head is drilled out to accept it. Within this lower beak and tenon/dowel is a 3/8" hole that runs then length of the lower beak and into the head to accept a stainless steel rod for suspending the skimmer off of what will be the carvings base.

 

Here the lower beak has been fitted and glued to the rest of the head.  

Here the lower beak has been fitted and glued to the rest of the head.

 

A chunky, blocky version of the skimmer begins to take shape after the parts are assembled.  

A chunky, blocky version of the skimmer begins to take shape after the parts are assembled.

 

Additional basswood is laminated to the wings in order to develop their shape.  

Additional basswood is laminated to the wings in order to develop their shape.

 

A cradle is built to hold the skimmer so that carving can begin.  

A cradle is built to hold the skimmer so that carving can begin.

 

Basswood is now subtracted from the piece.

Basswood is now subtracted from the piece.

I obviously has a soft spot for CheezIts

I obviously has a soft spot for CheezIts

In my next post I will update with images that show the progression of the carving.