Too tired to write much, but here are some images from the workshop I am at this week.
Later in the workshop the piece photographed below will be covered in concrete. Eventually it will be a mosaic.
Tools we are using:
Stationary hot wire - for cutting blocks into the outlines.
Hot hand tools - for refining the initial cuts.
I did not take a separate photo of the cold tools we use - two sizes of wire bristle brushes and a drywall (keyhole) saw. You can see them in some of the photos below - check out the photo of shaping the tail.
Making a model and starting the carving of the foam block:
Clay maquette (model) for foam-core sculpture.
Foam block initial cuts:
Shaping the tail.
Sherri demonstrating installing reinforcement rods to added on elements.
Ears and Tail with rods partially inserted.
Final shaping with cold tools (wire brushes, drywall handsaw).
Ready for mesh and concrete - shown with clay maquette (scale model)