Ten months ago I drew some designs for three separate carvings and I have just finished the long process of completing all three.
I started work on the wood about two months later; drawing on the designs and cutting out the large sections with saws and drilling. I prepared all three together.
Five months later, I completed 'Gold Wedding' - a gift for my parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The piece included two rings, carved in place, making them movable but attached. I decided to gild these rings - applying gold leaf rather than gold paint - to give the impression of genuine gold wedding rings. I had not attempted this before, and found it daunting and fiddly work - not something I will rush to do again. The arms on the figures slope down towards the middle, so the rings tend to slide to the middle, because I wanted it to feel like the figures are giving the rings to each other, as in a wedding ceremony.
Here are the finished pieces: