"Au Contraire"

2014   40" x 25" x 8"   Blog Post

Au Contraire
Au Contraire

Powered by an electric motor from underneath, the mouse and elephant rock slowly up and down.

The elephant.
The elephant.
The mouse.
The mouse.
The tiny mouse.
The tiny mouse.
The handpainted label.
The handpainted label.
The pivot point.
The pivot point.
Starting the carving......
Starting the carving......
Finished roughing it out.
Finished roughing it out.
Rasping out the inside.
Rasping out the inside.

I cut the elephant in half, and am hollowing it out to lighten the load.

The 2 halves.
The 2 halves.
Ready to glue it all back together.
Ready to glue it all back together.
Finished carving.
Finished carving.

All the details are added - ready for painting.

All done.
All done.

Finished painting and aging.

The mouse, before painting.
The mouse, before painting.
The counterweight.
The counterweight.

I added about 2 pounds of lead to compensate for the weight of the elephant.

Carving the pivot point.
Carving the pivot point.