2009 large chip carving #2: Lets make it larger!

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 12-19-2010 02:24 PM 3305 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First phase of the carving Part 2 of 2009 large chip carving series no next part

Sorry for such a long delay on this piece. After I had this piece done I decided that it needed something so I added the chip carved folding wings which can changed it from a 24” square to a 36” diamond.


I cut the folding leaves so the inner rosette could be seen when closed. I spent 8 hours cutting, fitting, and hinging the walnut to the panels.


I have somewhere around 300-400 hours in this piece.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 02:35 PM

ooooooooh Roger!!
I was thinking about you just this week, wondering what you are up to.
I so love your work

where is this piece headed?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 02:38 PM

Roger what a beautiful piece of woor. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 03:07 PM

That is absolutely stunning. Amazing talent you have. Thank you so much for sharing.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Roger Strautman

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 03:18 PM

Debbie, this piece is now hanging on my studio wall behind the door. LOL! Nobody is willing to pay the price that I want. Oh well.

Thanks Karson and Triumph1

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 03:25 PM

I wondered … since it doesn’t fit your wife’s decorating style (if I remember correctly) .. the options were that it has been sold … or???? hanging behind a door, i guess :)
I’m glad that we get to enjoy it here at LumberJocks whenever we want to

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 03:31 PM

Wow! Awesome!! This is what I love about artist and woodworking….you raise bar. Great work and talent. You got skills, for sure. You get the word out, they will come and you can get what you want for it.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 04:28 PM

Great detail. Beautifully done. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 05:56 PM

I am totally floored. Amazing work.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 12-19-2010 06:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the very nice comments. I like to think that I have taken chip carving from being used just as decorating to an artistic level.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#10 posted 12-19-2010 08:43 PM

Roger, absolutely breathtaking. What a masterpiece. What patience and skill you have. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 12-19-2010 09:08 PM

Hi Roger,

As mentioned, definitely a masterpiece!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 12-19-2010 09:28 PM

Wow That’s amazing work Roger. very impressive piece great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 12-19-2010 09:31 PM

Holy Crap that is beautiful something for me to aim for

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#14 posted 12-19-2010 10:03 PM

Great craftmanship and artistry. I can see why no one wants to pay what that piece is worth yet, but do
not let it go cheap. It is worth whatever you are asking. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 12-20-2010 05:25 AM

WOW, I would have been crossed eyed before I ever get that far! I have done a little bit of chip carving and found it not to my liking! I admire your skill and patience. This is impressive work!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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