"Barefoot Girl" #1: Mostly carved!

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Blog entry by mpounders posted 10-09-2012 06:45 PM 1594 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve been working on this carving for a couple of weeks. This is from a workshop with Janet Cordell and is from one of her roughouts. In the first picture, the left one is a roughout, the middle is her “go-by”, and the one on the right is the one I am working on.

I’ve got a lot of the caarving done on mine, but now I’m going back and doing some of the finishing details. Like sanding and making sure things are symetrical and creating little shadows and folds. Probablly got 4 or 5 more hours of that.

Thanks for looking! Comments and advice welcomed.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 07:22 PM

She looks great. I like the detail that you are putting into her. Thanks.

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

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 07:37 PM

mike this is a fantastic carving, i like the whole thing, her holding her hat like that is so natural looking…im excited to see your finished part, but i also enjoy seeing the work as it goes, you sure have a wonderful talent, one i wish i had the ability to do, i know i could make the attempt, but am afraid it would look like a stick figure…lol…ill stick with boxes and furniture…keep going, will enjoy your next installment.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 04:56 AM


Incredible! The dress actually looks like silk and her whole being seems just radiant! Inanimate objects are much easier to carve than people. Your work is exceptional. We can’t wait to see the finished piece.

How tall is she?


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 10-10-2012 07:16 AM

It’s just wonderful Mike.

What wood are you working with?

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#5 posted 10-10-2012 01:03 PM

Wow, are not need any advices. You do excellent by yourself. I am astonished

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 02:20 PM

She is 13 inches tall and carved from basswood. Grizz, my boxes and furniture sure don’t turn out like yours either! Thanks all, for the kind words.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 12:59 AM

As always, stunning! Very lifelike and feature rich.

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 10-13-2012 05:14 AM

Wow, a really nice carving.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 05:33 AM

it is simply mesmerizing her hair style is very much natural thanks for sharing it with us


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#10 posted 10-13-2012 08:31 AM

absolutely gorgeous – the detail and the way you can almost feel the wind blow by –
great work. Thank you

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#11 posted 10-15-2012 07:47 PM

A really beautiful wood woman. You’re an amazing carver Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 10-15-2012 08:34 PM

Mike, your carving is becoming quite awesome. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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