Method of Construction

Constructed by: Lori-Ann Austin

To make the crocodile, I started with a piece of scrap pine, although the Ancient Egyptians would have used cedar imported from Cypress. I sketched the crocodile onto the wood and carved it using a modern chisel, not unlike the method originally used. The crocodile is approximately 5 inches long and 2 inches high. The mouth of the crocodile is hinged and a linen string is tied through the snout, which allows the mouth to open and close.

I started this doll by drawing a template and tracing it onto a piece of pine, which I cut on the band saw. To make the head and beads for the hair I used quick drying clay. I made an attempt to use flax thread I had spun myself but found I was too inexperienced a spinner to produce thread strong enough for this project, so I used store-bought quilting thread.


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