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Casting from an original carving #9: The bronze

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Blog entry by Jordan posted 07-30-2012 02:09 AM 1889 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been awhile friends, but a pleasant note from Kiefer reminded me of my ole family.
I apologize for my absence but as I mentioned before, I am pretty well into carving gourds full time and actually making my living at it now. I even have my gourds on the front and back of a magazine publication, which is certainly an honour for me.

But still, I feel that gourds are an odd item to include with the glorious and painstaking(I know) wood items posted here.

However, I just wanted to catch you up on the final part of the casting blog by showing you the finished bronze gourd. They are about 30 pounds in weight and such a lovely result for the work I put into them, I learned a whole lot about that process such as investing, wax trimming, metal work and patinas. I’d say the foundry does a whole lot for the money they get.

Anyways, I did one other, the bareback rigging from my wood carving of the same and I will be entering it in the Calgary Stampede bronze competition in October – as prizes for the rodeo riders. It’s a five year contract, so that should keep us in peanut butter and jam.

Thanks for following the blog friends. Take care all!

PS, if this shows up twice, it’s because I had trouble uploading it and now I’m not sure how to delete the one who says it’s coming back in 56 minutes, LOL.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com



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BertFlores58

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 02:17 AM

WOW! Excellent work will result to a beautiful casting. The skills you have will really amaze the world. Am glad you are and will continue to inform LJ on your success. Thanks and will always hope for the best…
God bless and Keep it going,

-- Bert

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Roger

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 02:21 AM

Congratulations, and carry on. Ya gotta go where ya need to. You’re an amazing carver.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Gary

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 02:33 AM

Absolutley beautiful stuff, as always Jordan. It’s good to hear from you

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

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shipwright

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 03:04 AM

Superb Jordan, You have got to win the competition.
Any rider would be happy to take a couple of kicks in the ribs for a copy of that bronze.
Best of luck….. but really I don’t think you will need it.

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

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 03:21 AM

Hey Jordan…sure is good to hear from you again…Every time you post a project it is just a great pieve of work.
I am glad your gourds are doing good and you are making a living creating them.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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Benji Reyes

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 03:26 AM

Congratulations Jordan! You deserve every bit of recognition for your work. As always, fantastic work buddy!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benji-Reyes/88321902103?ref=ts

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majeagle1

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 04:09 AM

Wow, great to see you back Jordan….... and I see in full swing to say the least!!!!
Fantastic gourd and congrats on the publication and good business. Gotta have that Peanut Butter and Jam
you know!!

Keep on posting your gourd projects for us….. “carving” applies to woodworking just as much as gourds and BTW, gourds are plant based and so are trees soooooooooooooo keep ‘em coming when you can!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 04:16 AM

Viewing your work is always a joy Jordon fantastic

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 07-30-2012 04:29 AM

Good to see your again!

Beautiful & Elegant as usual!

Nice bronzes!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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tomd

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#10 posted 07-30-2012 05:09 AM

You do fantastic work, I’m glad to hear your doing very well and hope you do even better with the bronze. I am amazed at the beautiful pieces you produce.

-- Tom D

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Karson

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#11 posted 07-30-2012 05:39 AM

Jordan: Best of luck in the competition. Anyone who beats this entry must really have something great.

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

#12 posted 07-30-2012 10:51 AM

Jordan,
Thanks for providing the details on these beautiful works.
Personally, I consider gourds to be a sort of “wood”, they are vegetable matter and can be worked with woodworking tools. It’s not as if they were just plastic!
I’m very glad you’re getting back some of the reward you deserve.
I was thinking of you when I saw a report of a “mountain lion” asleep in somebody’s backyard. The neighbor reporting it was terrified. I thought of your roof bears and laughed.
Jordan, did you make that “mountain lion”?
LOL!
Best regards,
Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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HalDougherty

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#13 posted 07-30-2012 11:58 AM

Jordan,

Your castings are as impressive as the rest of your carvings. You have a great casting for a trophy. You’ve got my vote for a winner!

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Porchfish

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#14 posted 07-30-2012 01:52 PM

Congratulations on the commission and on the Magazine exposure ! You certainly deserve it !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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Jordan

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#15 posted 07-30-2012 02:09 PM

How lovely it is to hear from the friends again. Thank you for remembering me.
No Don, I did not make the mountain lion, but don’t tempt me, LOL!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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