I know what you’re thinking: “Didn’t she just post about making a big wooden whale like eighteen months ago? Damn. Get some new ideas, lady!”
And, frankly, I think you’re being a little hard on me.
There are many differences between this whale and that whale:
That whale’s tail does not flip up.
That whale is stained dark walnut; the new whale is painted blue.
That whale’s name is Martha; the new whale is Kevin (Gus named him).
Also, this new whale is not going to live with us permanently.
Periodically, Dave gets all frustrated about some part of teaching, and I say, “maybe you should quit and stay home so we can make whales together.”
And then we contemplate this for awhile, until we remember that making whales does not come with retirement benefits or health insurance or job security.
But. We have long thought that it might be fun to try to sell some whales, even if not enough to become full time whalemakers.
So we made Kevin, and he’s on his way to my mom’s shop right now! Well. Probably tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes.
I won’t rehash whale making too much, since I did that other post about it. Basically, I sketched out a whale outline that I was happy with on some plywood (left over from the playhouse in this case, so this is 3/4 inch exterior grade plywood. We used 1/2 inch for the one in Abe’s nursery). Most of the sketches on this paper are actually Gus’s. He wants to make a whale for his room, too:
I painted this one with some paint my mom gave me, called Farmhouse Paint. It’s advertised as needing no prep work and no wax or top coat….just a sanding after it dries. It worked well for this, and I like the color (“Pigeon Blue”).
After I painted it, I lightly distressed it and we put up picture hangers on the back. The one in Abe’s nursery we actually hung up by just putting anchor screws right through the front, since it was going over his crib, and we wanted to make sure it was freakishly secure.
We’ll see how these guys do at the shop and maybe look into listing some on Craigslist or possibly Etsy (I need to see how reasonable shipping would be on them). If anyone local (to north metro Atlanta) wants a whale, this one will be at A Classy Flea in the next couple of days or you could e-mail us about commissioning your very own whale.
We’re thinking about what other variations we could do, too. I think I’ll do some chalkboard whales. And maybe try some other animals. Pigs? For example.