Phew, this was a hard session.

First I cut out some hands – his right hand doesn’t need fingers as they are covered by his left hand.

2016-11-25-11-33-56

Then I slightly flattened some tube on the end to make his forearms and welded the hands into the forearms.

2016-11-25-11-34-07

Then followed endless pothering, trimming, offering up, more trimming, tacking in place, breaking off, trimming again……. hopefully you get the picture.

Finally, I think I have got the shoulders, elbows and hands in a reasonable shape to reach the top of the spade. I kept going back to hold a real spade myself to see how it should work.

2016-11-25-15-12-07

2016-11-25-15-11-42

I had planned to fill out the shape of his body with some strips of flat steel but this is looking more tricky now that the arms are in place.  I think I will sleep on it before going further.

For the moment, I think I need to go and have a lie down!!