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carving "Thunderbolt" #8: a Tail at last!

02-05-2011 07:45 AM by mpounders | 4 comments »

We got a little snow in Arkansas today, so I finally had an opportunity to get a bit more done. He does look better with a tail, just like a few of you suggested! I was able to use an 1/8” dowel for joining it to the body and I feel better about it being more solid. Rather than just butting it together with the dowel as a tenon of sorts, I outlined the base of the tail on the rump and then carved a hole for it to fit into. A little carving and sanding after the glue dried made this ...

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Classic chip carved box ready for a finish

02-04-2011 05:46 PM by MyChipCarving | 10 comments »

This classic box is for a friend’s son, when he turns 13. My next step is to spray on an amber shellac finish.

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carving "Thunderbolt" #7: Heads Up!

01-31-2011 06:53 PM by mpounders | 6 comments »

I got the head finished and glued on this weekend! It turned out ok…ears may be a bit long?You may notice that the ears are slightly darker…...they were soaked with the thin CA glue after carving, to strengthen this delicate area. Pretty sturdy now. Carving is “subtractive-sculpture” in that you take away wood to create. And a lot of what you “see” is what is also the negative spaces created. The shadows that are created give depth and create ill...

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carving "Thunderbolt" #6: Shrinking Heads?

01-27-2011 07:39 PM by mpounders | 3 comments »

I quickly discovered I had way too much wood for this head, much too wide! So I spent a lot of time whittling it down to a better fit! I may have to shrink it a bit more, but I am still mainly trying to get the rough shapes. Better too much than not enough I suppose. I did add some difficulty to the carving by choosing to do the mane like I have. With a mane that just lays down on the neck, you can just round over and shape the neck, then carve your hair out of that. Since this sti...

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carving "Thunderbolt" #5: saddle completed and starting to get a head

01-26-2011 05:25 PM by mpounders | 10 comments »

Finished the simple details on the saddle and have the horn stuck in place temporarily. It may need to be cut down a bit more. I would normally do the stirrups, but you can’t see many saddle details when the rider is mounted. I used a stoning technique on the cowboy’s chaps to try and give the effect of angora or goat-skin chaps….may need to do it a bit heavier. “Stoning” is a process of using a dremel or other rotary tool with an abrasive wheel or cyl...

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carving "Thunderbolt" #4: finishing muscle groups and starting the saddle

01-24-2011 07:38 AM by mpounders | 6 comments »

He’s starting to look like a horse now, with the muscle groups indicated. I spent quite a bit of time getting the spacing better between the legs and defining the groups of muscles around the legs. A technique I like is to carve the lines and then to sand them so that you get a flowing muscle look instead of something defined by a line cut into the surface. I like to use my veiners for this and then carve or sand the edges back up to the center. Here are a few pictures. When ...

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Atlantes Shelf Support

01-13-2011 12:07 PM by Amcarver | 4 comments »

I’ve had an old heavy barn beam, for some time now, and have wanted to fabricate a couple ornamental carved brackets to hold it up. Here is the start of the first bracket. It is modeled after an Atlantes which is an architectural adornment.

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DragonFly Harp #6: 1/12/2011

01-12-2011 09:24 PM by Donna Menke | 10 comments »

Doesn’t seem like 6 days have passed, but the calendar does not lie. I have a lot to catch up with.First order of the day was to edge join the pieces I would need to have wider- like for parts of the stand legs and the base of the harp.These Bessey clamps are the best.Then I needed to cut the angled sides. This was the most dreaded job, and the first rip (with the grain) on the table saw (my second least-favorite power tool). Took most of a morning to assemble the tool and then to figur...

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

12-19-2010 02:24 PM by Roger Strautman | 21 comments »

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.

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Wood for sale in Lansing, Michigan

11-12-2010 01:36 PM by RussInMichigan | 4 comments »

Hey you LumberJocks, I find myself in the unfortunate position of needing to sell off some wood, so I thought I’d see if any LumberJocks would be interested. What wood does he have, you might ask? Let me list a bit of it for you. Basswood($2.00 per board foot): Great carving stock. A couple hundred board feet in many different sized boards. 4” X 4” X 78”, 2” x 9” x 48”, 4” x 8” X 78” Clear redwood($3.00 per board foot)...

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