It's not Im not up for a challenge because I've tested out the right gouges for the scales, and to see how i could manage them to follow the twisting curves of the fish. Past few days I also spend on preparing the bodies before i can even think of adding the scales. I've given them a spine and smoothed out their bodies. And their tail vins are almost done.
I pre assembled the pieces, just for fun and to see if and where more work is needed. A good friend of mine pointed out to me how nice the contrast is between the detailing and the smooth skin.
It has made me doubt... so much so that i wonder what to do. And now is the time to think about it cos the surface is still untouched so the option to leave 'm out is still there. My question to you is; what is your opinion, how do you think about it. Shall I leave 'm as they are and just finish assembling? Or shall I ad the scales to add interest, just like these "mythical dolphins" always seem to have in real-life, large original furniture?
ps. Another job that still needs doing; taking out the warp in the marble top. In the picture above you can clearly see the cracks on the left and right hand side of the table top, showing how much curve can occur in a slab of thinly cut stone :( I believe it happened because my workshop is unheated and past winter is to blame. I thought I would let you know, so you can all be aware; marble seems to be just a sensitive to climate conditions as wood.