An article on carving bloomers!

Before we go on, you need to understand who Robin is. He is first and foremost a trusted friend of mine, and also my main researcher. He has his own page on here, which has a link to his second page…his wood carving page. Click here…

You might think Robin has been quiet….well that is a good thing, it means he has been up to something! In this case, another spanking wood carving. I asked him a while ago if he would talk us through a spanking carving, this is the carving of his choice. Read on, it is very interesting…And a word of advice, keep looking at the electrical plugs and sockets, just to remind you what a lovely size of carving this is…

A step-by-step guide on how to make your own erotic carving. This is a relatively easy carving project to do in that it doesn’t require carving faces, hands or toes!

It’s not always easy deciding what to carve for my next project. It can sometimes take days or even weeks to find an image that might inspire me. Even then the pose may prove too difficult to carve in wood. More often than not, I base my carvings on someone else’s carvings, adapting it to suit my tastes and abilities. Whilst a plain wood finish can look nice and is fairly discrete, I have grown to enjoy fully painted versions.

The open-crotch split drawers’ carving I have just completed was inspired by images on the internet I found of a vintage walking stick handle, carved in the 1920s out of ivory. It was also inspired by my love of vintage images depicting Victorian and Edwardian ladies in open-crotch bloomers/drawers, as well as Asa’s own lovely images of his models wearing such garments.

The Antique Walking Stick Handle
An Ostra Studio photograph showing open back drawers.
An irresistible photo of one of Asa’s models, Kate….very much an inspiration for the carving.

The beauty of the walking stick images is that they show the carving from all sides, which enabled me to draw up the front, back and side profiles. This allowed me to cut out the basic shape of the figure from a squared block of lime on a bandsaw.

Before attempting the large carving, I carved a very small walking stick sized protype to try to see how easy it would be to carve. There was little point in doing a larger version and wasting expensive timber if it wasn’t going to work out! Fortunately it did, as the images of this small carving below show. Incidentally, it fits very comfortably in the hand with the fingers caressing the buttocks if it were to be attached to a stick.

Returning to the larger version, I altered the pattern slightly to include open, split drawers rather than knickers as in the original and decided to reveal all the lady’s legs and booted feet:

The pattern was then transferred to a 5x5x13” block of lime and the basic shape cut out on a bandsaw:

The profiles were cut out and the remaining parts of the pattern pencilled in. Note extra wood is left on the base to attach it to a carving vice, an invaluable piece of equipment:

The rear view was then worked on first. Surplus wood around the sides back to the line of the dress was removed to reveal the bottom and legs:

The legs and buttocks were then separated down the centre line and rounded towards the centre and sides from their own centre lines:

This was steadily refined and sanded, carefully cutting in the line of the drawers and ‘fluting’ the bottom edges to give them a frilly appearance.

Work then started on the front of the figure, removing wood to reveal the head and neck:

The head and sides were rounded from the centre line to produce the overall figure:

The hair was then textured with some wavy cuts.

The lines of the folded up dress and petticoats are carved in like a series of steps, as well as the line of the boots and some shallow grooves on the sides to suggest the folds of the dress. The seam of each stocking and of the drawers etc…were burnt into the wood with a wood burning tool:

The completed carving was then sanded down again and sealed, before painting two undercoats of white gesso which helps the top coloured layers to adhere to the wood.

The painting of all parts was then done with acrylic paints.

And finally, a comparison of the final carving and Kate, although Kate takes the edge by a long chalk!

Asa’s note.

Thank you Robin for an excellent article, detailed and descriptive. Your photos are superb, especially the penultimate one taken from above. If I owned one I would make a little birch, and a cane. Even if the carving wanted to sit, she would never be able to!

3 thoughts on “An article on carving bloomers!

  1. Eric Gill was a pioneer of modern British sculpture and this shows a burst of daring creativity so often seen in his work.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. I will make sure that Robin knows of your comment, it is comments like this that makes us bloggers tick! Thank you for taking the time out to make the comment, I myself appreciate it very much too….Asa

  3. By the way Roy, it is great to hear from you again. We go a long way back don’t we? Still going to the Isle of White for Cowes Week? I hope you are still taking the spanking photos! Feel free to donate some more sets to your page on here!

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