I’ve completed the carving on one of the cherry dragon ale bowls I roughed out a month ago, and thought I’d share a few photos to contrast the piece after the final carving with its unfinished twin. The same ideas carry over to other bowl designs as well.
In the photo above, the rough cuts left from the green carving stage are evident in the dragon in the foreground, as well as the darker color that develops through oxidation as the piece dries. The cuts of the dry carving stage reveal a fresh surface, the color of which will deepen with the application of oil, time and sunlight to a rich reddish brown.
In the photos below, you can see various surface and form refinements as well as added details such as the teeth. The wood is significantly harder after drying, so I remove as much as I can while it’s green. The dry wood responds with crisp cuts and a burnished surface.
It’s 13 1/2 inches long and will hold 24 ounces. Now to oil it and get it on its way to a very patient and thirsty person.