"Barefoot Girl" #1: Mostly carved!

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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 652 days ago

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 652 days ago

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 651 days ago


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?


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#4 posted 651 days ago

It’s just wonderful Mike.

What wood are you working with?

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#5 posted 651 days ago

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

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#6 posted 651 days ago

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 650 days ago

As always, stunning! Very lifelike and feature rich.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#8 posted 648 days ago

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 648 days ago

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


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#10 posted 648 days ago

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

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#11 posted 646 days ago

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#12 posted 646 days ago

Mike, your carving is becoming quite awesome. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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