After a few hours of carving, actually let’s call it whittling because I wouldn’t call what I do carving, my sumitsubo is a little more refined. It may actually look like a koi fish! I would like to point out a couple of things. Any shape will work, use you imagination and have some fun with it. As long as you make a recess for the silk wadding, your golden. Everything after that is just for decoration and fun.
Anyway, my next step was to install the twig that will act as my sumisashi rest. Before I started shaping, I chopped a mortise in my block and fit a tenon on the end of the twig. I simply glued the twig in place with a little CA glue. Once the glue was set, I blended the joint the best I could and added some carving to further blend the two pieces together.
A little clean up and a light sanding to take care of any sharp bits or pieces that might snag on something later and cause a piece to chip out.
I wanted to add a bit of color. So I added a coat of Light Walnut Danish Oil. I’m pretty happy with it so far. Over the next few days I’ll add two or three coats of Tried and True Original finish. I should be able to call it done after that and it will be ready for a test run. My supplies should arrive in a couple of days and I should be able to post about the setup and show how the whole system works.