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Project by RusticJohn posted 07-06-2014 05:29 AM 1267 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The driftwood carving represents part of a green man’s face. Its a slice vertically through the eye. Difficult to know what the wood is but I suspect Rimu as it had the right look and feel and was relatively soft. I had quite some difficulty with the fine detail as lumps tended to easily flake away. Had to work with a very thin sharp knife and use slicing cuts rather than dragging ones. Very important to work with the grain. I like the challenge of converting a seemingly worthless piece of flotsam into a nice art work.

As an aside I was asked to teach some seven year old children carving. It was all a bit optimistic but I got them to carve potatoes instead. Much easier and quicker than wood and gave them a result to take home. The two photos show the one I made for them to copy. The kids did alright and seemed to enjoy the exercise.

-- RusticJohn





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stefang

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 08:48 AM

Very cool and I think the idea of a half face is very creative and practical at the same time. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 05:12 PM

Very creative and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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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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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 11:27 PM

Very artsy!!.....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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