My 2007 large carving project. #2: Roughout and Pictures.

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 04-14-2007 03:58 PM 841 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After I get the idea from a picture and the drawings are done it’s time for the roughtout of the basic elements and too get tons of reference pictures that will be used throughout this project. I should point out that I’m going to use all natural woods so some thought had to go into want woods will look good together, contrast, along with which woods will give the affects of realism. My wood selections are as follows. Cross=basswood and walnut, Linen=butternut, Candleholder=butternut, Candle=pink ivory, book=lacewood, book cover=blackwood, ribbon=bloodwood, bookmarker=purpleheart.

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I want this to be as realistic as I can make it to the 1800’s. period. I was going to carve the candleholder but I thought that it would take away from the focal point,the cross and bible. I do plan on carving on the facets of the candleholder which should give it that period of time I’m looking for.

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I chose to lathe the candlestick and as you can see I made a second piece to slip over it so I can carve the candles drips.

It took a little thought on how to make the linen so it would not only hang on the cross but flow under the book and candleholder along with how to carve it.

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If something doesn’t look right that’s because I’m not much of a bloger. More to come. Enjoy!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 04-14-2007 04:43 PM

Cool to see the process… I’m still in awe of the shroud, this will share some of the how-to, but won’t ruin the mystery and magic behind the work.

Can you edit the blog to include all the photos in the entry?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 04-14-2007 04:49 PM

Great trip we are about to start. I realize that you’ve started before us, but, don’t leave us too far behind.

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2007 06:25 PM

Very nice to see the process along with the telling of the process. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-14-2007 06:54 PM

Rog, your work is very humbling. I could never imagine having your level of craftsmanship. And to see it unfold before us, and the thought process that goes into it, is quite the eductional experience. Thanks for sharing this.

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 08:49 PM

I saw the picture and can envision it in completed by your master hand… but I really hadn’t thought about the work in between at figuring out how to lay out the wood so that it all flows together naturally.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 01:32 AM

I love the cross and look forward to seeing the finished candle holder.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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