Project Completion Date: Dec 2018
This project has been a year or so in the making. I started this project about the same time I started the monitor stand project. This was based on a video from the Wood Whisper. Using his template I carved out the pattern and shaped it. Carved out the drawings, painted it, and finished it up. The reason it took so long is I wasn't sure how to fill in the engraved parts. I tried free handing it, but it wasn't working very well. It wasn't until I was working on another project that I came across the technique that I would use. So, this allowed me to finally finish the piece.
This appears to be the earliest picture I have of this project. My daughter dropped the hook and it broke the tip off. Apparently I didn't use enough glue. I got some dowel rods drilled holes and used more glue to secure the top back on it.
Engraved some Polynesian symbols.
Using a sharpie, did some test filling in. Not bad.
All painted up with Milk Bloom White paint.
Close up of the engraving.
So the process I figured out was Spray Paint and Mineral Spirits. I sprayed painted once side of the hook, and then took a rag soaked in Mineral Spirits and wiped it down. This removed "most" of the spray paint on the surface, but allowed it to stay in the engraved parts. Repeat for the other side.
Wrapped the handle with some hemp string.
And we're done.
My oldest with the hook.
My youngest with the fish hook while dressed in her Moana costume. Complete with light up Heart of Te Fiti.