Sunday, February 12, 2012
My wife teaches Kindergarten and asked me to make some wooden billy goats to go with the story they are working with: "The Three Billy Goats Gruff".
These were to be simple silhouettes, nothing fancy, so it was very surprising how much fun they were to make. As you will see, I thought they were pretty fun to play with too.
First, I copied the design onto the stock. I oriented the design to allow the grain to run with the long, thin parts to give them as much strength as possible.
Then it was just a matter of cutting the shape out with the coping saw:
All cuts made - reassembled for fun, and to show how I chose to use relief cuts etc.:
The goat freed from the wood:
The brothers three:
Posing a la "The Bremen Town Musicians":
There was some kind of magic in this little project. It's hard to explain, but I loved it!