I’ve wanted a real wooden Hitty doll since I first read Hitty: Her First 100 Years, by Rachel Field. I had (well still do) an issue of Doll Reader in the early ‘90s that featured Robert Raikes line of Hitty dolls as well as those by other doll artists’ and I desperately coveted them.
I had tried my hand at woodcarving before, but ended up carving more of my fingers than the actual wood. However, I have recently been introduced to the wonder tool that is the Dremel. So, donning a pair of safety goggles and a dust mask I went to work turning a block of pine into my very own Hitty.
The base pieces, the body, arms, and legs were cut using scroll saw, then individually dremeled (is that a word?) using variety of different dremel heads into their final form. Then each finished piece was sanded with increasing fine grit sandpaper and buffed with a canvas cloth.
Hitty was assembled using wooden pegs (no glue or nails) then lightly stained and painted with the same minimalist style as the illustrations from Rachel Field’s book. A final polish with beeswax for varnish, and I think she turned out pretty well.
Well here she is-assembled, stained and painted.