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Sunny Wood


When I’m working on a piece, I let the piece guide me. Whether it’s following the grain or just feeling the
undulations that might eventually present themselves as muscles on the whale. Some wood you do not need to work much at all but rather strive to keep as much of the natural texture as possible. Some wood wants to be
polished like glass. I can never plan exactly how a piece is going to turn out with all the given natural variables
between the carving and painting process.


The whale’s eye is the most important part of my work. This is what draws people in and gives the final piece so much character. For this I use a carving knife, chisel, dremel, and sand paper. The teeth take a lot of time, when I carve them, I feel like a dentist but I love whale teeth, so it’s worth the effort!