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Blog entry by mpounders posted 05-02-2013 02:54 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch



This is a small carving that turned out ok and I’m looking for a little advice on a base. The carving is more “exagerated realism” than cartoonish and he looks like a biker kind of guy? He is about 3”, sort of bottle stopper size. But if I stick him on a cork, then he will become that bottlestopper. If I stick him on an artistic base, I think it encourages the viewer to see him more as art. Since art is so subjective, it seemes to help almost anything if you stick it on an art gallery type base. I’m talking about the simple square blocks, sometimes white or black, that seem to display a piece almost like a piece of fine jewelry. So that is what I am considering for this carving. I am considering a rectangular piece of walnut that will be all sanded and smoothed. I wanted to give the piece some height, the sense that he is standing there. And I am thinking about attaching the head with either a piece of dowel or brass rod, so that it stands maybe an inch above the base. Perhaps either the head at an angle or the rod at an angle, so that he appears to be tilting his head?

The size of the block will make the piece seem more substantial, but it is not so big that it wouldn’t fit in a shelf or on a desk or table. So what do you think? Please offer your suggestions or thoughts! Am I trying to make a silk purse out of a bottlestopper?


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



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kenn

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#1 posted 05-02-2013 03:46 PM

I like the idea of mounting him on the walnut, slight head tilt with the brass rod, for what it is worth.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 05-02-2013 04:25 PM

How about using your wood choice horizontally, and riding a motorcycle !

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Spoontaneous

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#3 posted 05-02-2013 04:49 PM

Mike ~ First off, very nice carving. Lots of character.

The idea of putting art ‘on a pedestal’ is tried and true. The idea of using a post is good, although I like it better with the post plum and the head slanted…

You mentioned that he looks like a biker. It would be a lot more work but you could carve a low relief panel and post him to the front of the panel as if he is reflecting on his life/interests.

Another thought is that you could build a sort of dark rectangle box and have him ‘hanging’ with fishing line.

The other thing that occurred to me is that with your carving skills you could accentuate the base with a light, complementary carving on the front of the plinth… or even just a ‘name’.

Whatever you end up doing, make sure you post it for us to see. Love your work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Bearpie

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 05:25 PM

Wonderful carving! I like the walnut base but thought if you suspend him several inches via a bent brass wire so he is also a couple of inches in front of the pedestal. The wire could let him hang from it or be supporting him from either the back or bottom.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 06:45 PM

An idea for a base would be to build it out of plywood (easier to incorporate complex angles) and veneer with wood of your choice (read exotics if you so choose). My thought on using veneer is that it’s more economical than a large slab of good wood and the veneer eliminates any end grain (which absorbs stain and finishes differently than long grain).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 05-02-2013 09:59 PM

Looks like Horizontal Mike!

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Moron

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#7 posted 05-02-2013 11:46 PM

I doubt it matters much cause thats such a nice carving that the eye will be drawn to “it” and not the base

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Dark_Lightning

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#8 posted 05-03-2013 01:34 AM

Nice carving. I bought carving tools (Pfeil) many years ago, but my life revolves around my work, so I have little time to pick up wood carving as a practiced skill.

I wouldn’t necessarily call that a “biker”. I was clean shaven as a biker. Maybe something in the “mountain man” genre would be more suitable. Then you can use trees, bears, beavers, whatever, to accompany it.

Or, a “wise man”, like the guys who crawl up a hill to ask about the meaning of life from.

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Goody

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#9 posted 05-03-2013 02:06 AM

I would taper the block wide at the bottom and thinner at the top to lead the eye up to the carving. Better yet if you have access turn a funnel shape

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 05-03-2013 11:13 AM

(How about using your wood choice horizontally, and riding a motorcycle !)

You wouldn’t have to do the whole motorcycle, just from the seat, & handlebars up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mpounders

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#11 posted 05-03-2013 01:28 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! It helped me decide how to do this carving and gave me some ideas for future carvings. Here is what I decided on:

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 05-03-2013 03:49 PM

It looks nice, & if you want you could keep it handy for whenever you get an idea for it.

A great way to keep it in storage.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Roger

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#13 posted 05-04-2013 01:32 PM

Super nice. I think he’s related to me, or, me to him…

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

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