Here is an Old Hound Dog project for you to try. The blank was cut from a 2" thick piece of basswood that is 6" wide and 4" tall. Be sure that the grain is running up and down (with the legs) so that the project stays strong while carving. If the grain is running side to side, the legs will easily break off during carving.
I finished the project with watered-down acrylics— I mixed about 10 drops of water to 1 drop of paint (10:1), and then I antiqued with Waico Finishing Wax.
by C. J. Whillock