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Blog entry by MichaelA posted 07-02-2013 11:22 PM 1180 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This carving started out as the young giant from Michelangelo’s work. so I draw what I think as a shape.

I start in with heavy chisels and start removing wood while watching for grain formations.

On the third day I realized a woman under a waterfall and that the hands I had carved not even a contortionist couldn’t put their hands in the position I had placed mine. So I cut them off and thanks to Terri she said to just place them under her hair on her head whew!!! I was forced to turn her head so that a major split was not in the middle of her face. I work with what the wood has to offer. It turns out I like it better this way!!

I’m on the fourth day and believe most of the technical problems are out of the way.

So most the rough out is out of the way!

Now to start shaping and balancing proportions! I’m using Michelangelo’s plates and Ian Norbury’s carving book for references.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"



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shipwright

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#1 posted 07-02-2013 11:52 PM

You are a man of vision Michael.
Working with the material makes so much more sense than working against it…... a wise man as well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#2 posted 07-03-2013 01:04 AM

What are you going to finish it with?

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#3 posted 07-03-2013 01:14 AM

You saw a lot more in that chunk of wood than I would have. You have talent oozing out of you. Really nice work.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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MichaelA

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 01:23 AM

Thanks Paul this project has been very demanding. You either do as it wants or it will kick you in the teeth. I do have a extra pair of hands now. I keep it right in front of me on the bench to remind me to follow what this sculpture wants. Tkf as I get into secondary planes and detail. The only finish product I use is Howard’s orange oil and bee’s wax to be able to read grain. I’m still along way from that! When the project is done the only polish is the Howard’s. If it is to be outdoor than I will use a Minwax poly. Thank you Gary!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 02:00 AM

I admire your talent to go from a piece of log to the beginnings of a great sculpture. The ability to change as the wood dictates is quite amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing the next phase of this work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 03:22 AM

Thank you Peter. I’m finally starting to settle in to understanding what is hidden inside this piece of wood! I’ve got a few cracks to fill with CA glue but nothing major!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#7 posted 07-08-2013 11:13 AM

Good work Mike,
It’s amazing how a shape will emerge from a piece of wood when we
start messing with it, sometimes not quiet like the idea we start with,
but that’s what makes this hobby so addictive for me.

What is “CA” glue, and how is it used for filling cracks?

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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swampi

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#8 posted 07-08-2013 11:15 AM

Good work Mike,
It’s amazing how a shape will emerge from a piece of wood when we
start messing with it, sometimes not quiet like the idea we start with,
but that’s what makes this hobby so addictive for me.

What is “CA” glue, and how is it used for filling cracks?

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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MichaelA

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#9 posted 07-09-2013 05:12 AM

Henrey Ca glue is very similar to what we all know as super glue. I use it to stop cracks from continuing. You can dilute it or buy it at different consistencies to be able to inject it into cavities to eliminate increase of split. Then as you near final the final depth 1/32 to 1/16th you can add a mixture of sawdust and ca glue to blend back in to your carving. If you don’t catch the split in time it can be amazing the crack you will hear as you sit and think about filling it!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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swampi

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#10 posted 07-28-2013 05:07 AM

Michael, Thanks for the info on the “CA” glue.

I’ve tried “Super Glue” straight from the dispenser, but never have I tried it by thinning,
nor adding the saw dust from the work to it. It sounds logical that it would work well,
I just had not considered it as a remedy to repairing faults in a piece.

I’ve tried it on area’s that are real crumbly/soft/rotten to stabilize it, that works pretty good,
but the stain doesn’t penetrate those area’s too well on the finished work.

Do you use a method other than the obvious to inject?

How is you “Waterfall” piece coming?

Thanks,

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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MichaelA

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#11 posted 08-08-2013 05:21 AM

Harry I use a air nozzle and a small air compressor at 120psi. to blow the glue deep into the cracks and keep on adding more glue each day until I am 3/16” from where I anticipate the finish carving surface to be. I then add wood filler and let the carving set in the sun for 1 day to 2 weeks depending on the depth of crack. If the wood filler doesn’t crack. I know I stopped the internal stress causing the crack. I then can continue carving. Then when I reach the final finish surface I can take a v-tool and remove the necessary filler and use a combination of sawdust and CA glue. You would be correct about stain not penetrating these areas. 99% of my work I only use Howard orange oil and bees wax. If I use any finish product. It would be a minwax poly. The poly doesn’t mind the Ca glue/ sawdust. You might try a pre-stain conditioner. I try very hard to avoid using any stains because I want the forms I read in the wood to appear as I saw them. So the Howards makes it possible to read and follow grain as it’s natural form. It can also be added any time during carving to help condition the wood. I know how to technical carve but I rely on the grain to create the expression hidden. An example of grain reading is understanding where the sap wood starts and stops. Where the heart wood begins and ends. Now picture your Indian hidden inside and now carve and let the sap wood form the war paint on his face. Texas cedar works very well for this. Harry I added another blog on the lady. Oh also you can use Tightbond or Elmers glue if it’s a deep crack.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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