The following shows the step by step process of making a billethead (a decorative scroll commonly used as a figurehead on the bow of sailing vessel). This particular billethead was made for the Beaver, which is located in Boston harbor at the Boston Tea Party Museum.
Billet sketch for the bow of the Beaver
Beginning with a frame to support a model of clay
Adding clay to the frame
Finished model billet
Looking at the right side of the scroll
The actual billet head is made of several boards glued together.
Fully glued together.
The idea is to simply enlarge the clay version…
However the larger version does allow for more flowery details.
The final product just needs to be fitted to the bow of the Beaver.
from the distance…