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Project by Roger Strautman posted 06-24-2014 02:39 PM 1347 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a contractor that wanted a 7” x 7”carved frog for the top of a newel post. My first question was what kind of wood, hickory, and then how will it be attached? Ouch, hickory! I have never carved hickory but I had a pretty good idea that this was going to be a challenge. A challenge wasn’t even a good way of putting it. It was down right HARD! The end grain made it even harder, the grain ran up and down. I ended up using a Foredom and burrs. They wanted a spigot to use for the attachment. My part of this project is complete and I think it turned out pretty good. I’m hoping that the contractor can get some installed pictures for me and if so I will post them.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"





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MyChipCarving

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#1 posted 06-24-2014 02:45 PM

Looks like he’s ready to leap! Good hard carving, Roger.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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mikethetermite

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#2 posted 06-24-2014 05:13 PM

As always we enjoy seeing your beautiful work. We too hope the contractor will share installed pictures for you to post.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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Joe

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#3 posted 06-24-2014 05:53 PM

Looks terrific! Great job!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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Thewoodman2000

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#4 posted 06-24-2014 06:54 PM

Very cool!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 06-24-2014 07:26 PM

Hickory, ouch that hurts just thinking about caving that hard of a wood. You did a great job on this frog.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 06-24-2014 07:34 PM

Great job on carving the frog

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 06-24-2014 09:34 PM

Looks wonderful. Very nice work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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tyvekboy

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#8 posted 06-25-2014 02:44 AM

After building my rocking chair and workbench out of hickory I appreciate the challenge you faced. However, you did a good job. You know I like frogs… lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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deon

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 05:20 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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PaulHWood

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 02:32 PM

Great work, wish I could carve, those would be great post caps

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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