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Blog entry by mpounders posted 12-16-2011 05:58 PM 1114 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I have completed all my major holiday committments, I have just been working on fun things! I am getting some parts for Christmas to re-model my power honer, so I have been cutting out some disks and doing some glue-ups to prepare for that. I plan to make the full 4 disk Burke style sharpener and I hope to use the existing motor I have, but it may not have enough power. I carved this small angel from a Shawn Cipa pattern for a lady at church and will do a larger version as a tree topper for my daughter. I like Shawn’s work and plan to do some other pieces based on his patterns.

I have a friend who is interested in carving, so I have been showing him a few things. I started with the Santa ornament tutorial I previously posted and then did this little woodspirit on a stick to show him how similar it is to a Santa. I may do a little tutorial on carving woodpirits if anyone might be interested?

I learned a few things carving so many Santas over the past month and I am hoping that more practice will help with some of my female and doll faces. I am trying this one as a cane topper, but still have a little bit more work to do.


I have also been working with Sculpey clay as a way to test ideas and refine models before carving. It has been a learning process for me, but I can mess with it in spare time at work without creating a huge mess!
Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com



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MShort

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 07:20 PM

Fantastic work as usual. I really like the angel.

You will have to post some pics of your burke when you complete it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 08:34 PM

nice job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 08:49 PM

I would be interested in carving wood spirits!
I have been trying to find a “local” source for some Cottonwood bark, the problem being is that the right Cottonwood tree does NOT grow here on the coast but instead in Eastern WA and north to Alaska.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 09:58 PM

Mike, these are all fine carvings. You are so talented.

helluvawreck

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 12-17-2011 12:38 AM

I have not persuaded myself to purchase any good bark either! I got some of the local Arkansas bark which is much smaller than what you probably have available, but I am an optimist. I am still getting the hang of bark, but I find it very fragile…your design may have to change and super glue sure can be handy! I’ll use bark and regular wood when I do a mini-tutorial, maybe that will be helpful.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#6 posted 12-17-2011 07:15 PM

Great work

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 12-18-2011 03:15 PM

deluxe, as always Mike. all very nice

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

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