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Blog entry by MichaelA posted 08-07-2013 09:33 PM 946 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally have made a little progress on this carving. There turned out to be allot of filling major cracks. So I actually had to block off the bottom of the stump and fill allot of tightbond glue. I finally got the stump to quit internal splits. I check the progress of wood expansion by using filler on the last 1/8” of split. I let it sit for a week or two and if the filler doesn’t show signs of expansion I know it has sealed inside. I don’t like to give up on a project. If it gives me allot of problems I will work the split into the carving some how!

I finally started to shape and proportion my carving.

I have 95% of the shape completed. Harry if you have to go deep on a split I use a blast of air from a small compressor to push it deep! Also vibration and gravity are a good combination!


Well I’am ready to start secondary planes, muscle groups, hair, fascial details! This gal is going to have one bad sunburn because I believe this wood is cherry wood. The extra set of hands I cut off this sculpture was sitting on my display table and some lady bought them. I’am going to have to make some more mistakes!!!!

-- 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 08-08-2013 12:17 AM

She looks great Michael.
You would have been famous in the days of sail as a carver of spectacular figure heads for the clipper fleet.
Sadly I think she’s too big to go on Friendship.

-- 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 08-08-2013 05:30 AM

Thanks Paul and I think that carving figure heads for clipper fleets would be exciting and a challenge!!!!!

-- 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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#3 posted 08-08-2013 02:02 PM

Check out Ainsle Pyne a master Australian woodcarver and a really super lady. I used to correspond with her by e-mail years ago. http://www.woodart.com.au/a_pyne03.htm Mermaid figure head
http://www.woodart.com.au/a_pyne03.htm her webpage

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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