hand carved redwood bench #2: Some progress and an introduction

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 08-13-2009 05:45 AM 1614 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The materials, site, and thoughts Part 2 of hand carved redwood bench series Part 3: more progress »

Well the bench is coming along about as slow as possible. Working full time now doesn’t leave much of a window for me to be out there carving. And with some commissioned jobs coming up it will be worse soon. So I’ve been sort of rushing the carving while I’m out there and have to say that I feel somewhat bad, as I am trying to blog how to carve as well. So the tutorial will still happen, but it may not be up par (if they ever are).
Right now I want to say that I’ve recruited some special help. I’ve been working with my girlfriend over the past year helping her learn how to carve. I’m not that great of a teacher when the student seems to be a natural. I always wait for a question and the next thing I know the carving is done. She’s definitely a talented self starter and I’m happy to have recruited her to work with me on this bench. And, it gives us our time together while being productive.
Here is her latest carving.
She isn’t just helping with the carving though. I gave her control of the design of the carving she’s doing. This is what she came up with.
The legs are about 2 1/4 square. I will show her progress as I continue the blog.

Here is the progress of the carving I am working on. This is the back rest, and will be the carving I write the tutorial on. I am mainly working on the beard and leaves, and will probably do the eyes last. So the one on the left is just to get some of the leaves carved around it, and I wanted to see how I will proceed with it.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 05:54 AM

Nice job Keith. Your girl friend is carving 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 06:01 AM

WOW, fantastic! That’s going to be great. Good teamwork….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 08-13-2009 10:19 AM

Fan – bloody – tastic Mate.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-13-2009 12:26 PM

Very impressive work. Okay, I’ll say it again, very impressive.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#5 posted 08-13-2009 01:17 PM

Sometimes the student only needs the lightest touch from the master in order to guide them in the correct direction with out changing the natural course (and greatness) of the talent. I find that many teachers are to informative and do not let the student “find” for themselves the true path. The best learning is done on your own with the slightest of guidance from the master. You may be a much better teacher than you realize. Good luck and thanks for sharing your talent with others.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 08-13-2009 01:29 PM

your ( both ) work is exquisite !
do we get to meet her ?
she can allready out carve all of us .
together you make a formidable team .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 02:10 PM

dang your pretty good. great back

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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#8 posted 08-14-2009 02:14 AM

Great to hear you are back in employment Keith. One down side is you have less time on your hands.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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