Because sometimes we all just need to be shown a little kindness.
This manticore is, for the most part, walnut, but he has a couple of other woods mixed in. His tail is bloodwood (and I had forgotten how much I like the smell of cut bloodwood) and his teeth, which were pretty tricky, are made of holly wood, although they got a bit grimy after the gluing and don't show as white as I expected. And being tiny and thin and fragile there wasn't any real way to polish them. Fragile is a pretty good overall term for this piece; I don't think I've ever broken so many components. Partially, of course, this is because I try to carve a single piece if I can, and glues, pegs, slots and myself don't particularly get along. When you have ten different pieces all being joined together things are bound to get complicated. (Alternatively, when lots of these pieces are glued, things are bound to get sticky. Oh jeebies, I just actually wrote that; kill me now.) I dread the thought of getting him in the mail; I don't even sort of
think he'd make it intact.
This manticore is part of a set for
including the Skipping Fluttershy
piece from a while back. I really wish he was to scale with Fluttershy, but I'm afraid she was made large , and, although I went as large as my tools allowed me, he really isn't more than maybe twice her size or less. Still; he was a lot of fun, and the thick wood broke in my new saw nicely. Speaking of; I'm back to the shop. This week is going to be insane
Want to see more of this piece? Why not check out the work in progress gallery
or the expanded gallery
over at My Little Woodcraft.
My Little Pony and characters, and, I assume, this particular interpretation of the manticore design, belong to Hasbro.