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Chipmunk on Leaves

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Project by Donna Menke posted 09-21-2006 12:59 AM 3746 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This carving is all out of one piece of basswood. Doing the leaves was a tough job because of the direction of the grain.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com





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Donna Menke

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#1 posted 09-21-2006 01:00 AM

This is such a superior forum. All the features work so well. this will be fun!

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 09-21-2006 04:48 AM

Welcome Donna! As a Fellow Chipmonk carver I can say you did a very nice piece. (Mine was only 2D) Nice details.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 09-21-2006 02:24 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, it is a nice forum isn’t it. Very nice carving.

-- -** 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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Nortwes

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#4 posted 09-22-2006 05:59 PM

Colors and details are great. How tall is it? Nortwes

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Donna Menke

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#5 posted 09-22-2006 06:56 PM

The whole thing was carved in one piece from a 4” cube of basswood, so ti is a little shorter than that. Glad you all liked him. I’m entering him in a carving show next week- so I hope the judge likes him too.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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pat sherman

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#6 posted 09-23-2006 04:38 AM

hey donna. very nice. i like him. is he going to be featured in carving magizine?
and welcome to lumberjocks. this is a very nice site.

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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Donna Menke

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#7 posted 09-23-2006 01:44 PM

Oh Pat- you got me there!
I’m working this one for all I’ve got, of course:

  • He is already dressing up my web site.
  • I’m teaching people how to carve, burn and paint him next week in Fredricksburg, and again in January, at the Rio Grande Valley carving get-totether.
  • Then I’m entering him (along with the bluebird and a couple of small carvings) into competition at both locations.
  • And he will make an extensive article for Carving Magazine ([planned for the june issue) – like 8 pages plus 7 plans in the pull-out section. I’d love to see him on the cover too- but the powers that be will have to decide that.
  • I also still have the critter after all that usage. Not bad, eh?

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Donna Menke

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#8 posted 09-23-2006 01:45 PM

Darn- what is with the strike-throughs?

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Martin Sojka

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#9 posted 09-23-2006 02:05 PM

I’ve fixed the formatting of your comment, Donna. You may use * to get nice bulleted list. – signs are used to mark strike-throughs. I will disable them because they are causing problems. Thanks for understanding ;) oh, and by the way – cool chipmunk.

Glad you like the site…

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Donna Menke

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#10 posted 09-23-2006 08:22 PM

Thank you, Martin. You have a whumdinger of a site here. It shows that a lot of thought went into it. I know you keep a close eye on things too, and that is good. I am not an html cognizant person- as a matter of fact, it is a miracle that I can use the computer at all.
Give me a band saw now- and I can make just about anything, but a computer. . . lets just say it has to be very ‘user friendly’ for my level of competence.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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#11 posted 04-04-2007 10:41 PM

Donna, this is amazing. I would guess that 4” makes it even more difficult to get all the detail.
A true treasure.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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JTRid43

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#12 posted 04-04-2007 11:09 PM

Donna,
My hat is off to you. Very well done. Yes. Carvings that require thin areas like your leaf and on the hats of some of my carvings is a real challenge. You seem to have mastered it well. I am new at carving animals. I did make a cat out of redwood. That is not easy wood to carve on. How long have you been carving? It appears you a God given talent and He has bless you well. I am very impress with you carving and hope to share some of mine with you. I will have to post some of them. I believe I still have Sam. My very first carving and really sad when compared with my latest ones.
In His Grip,
Jeff

-- In His Grip,

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Donna Menke

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#13 posted 04-05-2007 11:25 PM

Hi all- just noticed an error when I wrote about the chipmunk carving being used for an article for Carving Magazine. I teach, and did the article on the simplified version of this carving- it is the Chipmunk on a Log. Both carvings are on my web site.
Thank you both for the fine comments. Working small- in this case, life size- has it’s advantages and disadvantages. It takes less time than a bigger carving, (the Emily carving for example is taking forever), but it is sometimes difficult to get into small areas and have enough room to stroke the knife. As for the thin areas- the trick for me is to stay flexible with the design. when something breaks off just modify the design to work with what is left.
I’ve been carving for 12 years- part time, more or less as a hobby that pays for itself.
Debbie- I looked for your web site, but did not see any sculptured wood art.
Thanks for the comments- Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 04-05-2007 11:35 PM

no Sculptured Wood art there – yet.

That name has a little bit of history here. I had originally signed my posts with “Woodworker Wannabee” but after a couple projects the LumberJocks decided that I was no longer a wannabee and that I was a “Sculptured Wood Artist” and thus the change of signature.

I’ve been thinking to change it more to “Functional Wood Art”. Perhaps it is time for the change.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Donna Menke

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#15 posted 04-05-2007 11:50 PM

Debbie-
That is better. I was looking for some woodworking but the closest I saw was the link to pyrography and the link was broken. How can I get to see your work? Donna

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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