is done with a narrow scrolling blade, and I think you will find
each blank has the same delicate curves as my finished dolls.
you been searching for just the right Hitty carving blank?
Blanks are for you! I have
been working on my carving blanks since 2001, perfecting
my designs and techniques, and I am finally satisfied that
my blanks are 'up to scratch.' These are exactly the same
blanks I use in my own doll carving. They aren't entirely
based on the original Hitty's measurements, but are instead
made from the patterns used for my own signature style dolls.
After tracing, measuring, drilling, and sawing each group
of blanks from high quality wood, I have fitted together
each doll and inspected her for balanced measurements, shapely
matching limbs, wood color and quality, and the workings
of her joints. The blanks are all cut from the same patterns,
but individual blanks can vary after the finishing
work to make sure everything is just right.
Blanks and WOOD SELECTIONS
4.25-inch - By popular request, I am now offering bitty blanks in various wood types. Medium- and hard-wood bittys are also now available with peg jointing! Bittys are made from the same pattern as basswood bitty blanks and all types are currently available at the same price. Some woods will continue to be available while I have others in limited quantities. Available wood types can be viewed here
$25 + shipping
sized 4.25-inch Basswood Hitty Blank
small carving blanks have the same beautiful shape and style
and the same high quality as their bigger sisters. Bitty
blanks are drilled at 1/16-inch for elastic jointing. Bittys' feet are attached
to their legs, and are nicely shaped out.
Basswood Hitty Blank with T-Jointed Hips
Bitty blanks are made with t-jointed hips. Their legs already
fit in the sockets, with full rotation, and their arms swing
clear of their hips and hair. They will arrive fitted together
with toothpicks which can be useful during carving but should
not be used for the final jointing.
$25 + shipping
Pegged Basswood Hitty Blank with V-Jointed Hips
6.25-inch Basswood Hitty Blank
Full-size Hitty blanks are the most sought after, but it
can be difficult to find them with traditional, tandem-style
peg jointing. My full size blanks are drilled for 3/16-inch
pegs, and come pre-fitted with 3/16-inch hardwood dowels,
which are long enough to joint the blank itself and can
be cut down to fit the doll as you carve. Each pair of arms
and legs is carefully drilled at precisely the same angle,
to tip gently away from the body. The arms are designed
to swing clear of the hair on either side, and you can put
your doll back together any time as you carve, to make sure
the fit is preserved. Full-size Hitty blanks have feet that
must be glued into place with a peg, just like the original
doll. The feet are cut with the profile shape of Hitty's
foot, and are predrilled and fitted to the legs with square
pegs, which leave a nice space for glue.
Pegged Basswood Hitty Blank with T-Jointed Hips
Except when it's very important to create a Hitty with traditional
v-shaped hip carving, I recommend a blank with t-jointed
hips. Many experienced carvers prefer these over the tricky
v-shape. T-jointed Hitty's legs can be glued to her peg in
the traditional way, move in tandem, and work identically
to the Original Hitty's jointing. Once the doll is dressed
they appear just the same. The difference is that with t-joints
it is easier to create strong joints with narrower hips,
allowing Hitty's hands to swing clear of her hips on either
side. In fact, T-jointing is so much easier, the jointing
can be done on the saw, and I have done it for you! Blanks
with t-jointed hips come with legs that already fit in the
sockets, with full rotation, and arms that swing clear of
$35 + shipping
Many carvers like to try to match
the Original Hitty's features as much as they can, at least on some
carvings. That's why I'm also offering the Full-sized basswood blank
with v-shaped hips! This blank is recommended for more experienced
carvers, since it requires some skill and finesse to carve v-shaped
hips with a nice fit. The arms on this blank are just the same as
above, and will swing clear of Hitty's hair, but the hips joints
are NOT finished. The legs are cut to match up to the v-shaped body
a little, but the rest is up to you. When Hitty arrives
her legs will be fitted to the body on an extra-long peg, and must
be designed, carved, and fitted to make them narrower than the arms'
rotation. It's worth noting that the Original Hitty's arms
do not swing past her thighs, which are widely spaced.
Order Discounts: Any order of three or more blanks receives
a 10% discount, plus free shipping!
me if you'd like to order....
Good Luck on your Carving!