Ready to polish (carving shell)

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Project by goldenhands posted 01-06-2009 03:22 PM 2331 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the front carved surface has been prepared for the final shellac/polish aplication.
but needed to be instaled first.

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 03:50 PM

Nice carving. would look good on a nice piece of furniture.

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 04:04 PM

This is a wonderful carving. The details are just exquisite. I will enjoy seeing the clam shell finished and installed.

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 04:49 PM

much of the architectural carving seen is somewhat rough for whatever reason..this simple shell however is absolutely beautiful! well done

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 05:42 PM

I love it. I would like to know the size and wood. I would also like to see a how to blog .

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#5 posted 01-06-2009 06:11 PM

Awesome, beautifully done.


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#6 posted 01-06-2009 06:11 PM

Man, Have I been missing out. Missed your work till now. WOW, on all of it! Amazing ability and patience you have. Love all your work. Thanks for sharing, I really appreciate seeing such skill.

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#7 posted 01-06-2009 09:28 PM

Thank you every one for apriciation.
Did not expect so many of good words, realy.
To be honest was not absolutely happy with the result, well partly becouse never carved a shell before so kind of a first attempt. There are a few mistakes as usual but over all it is not too bad.
The wood is a mahogany (darker then the usual one could be some old pieces got it from the skip) two plankes joint right in the middle. Must admit the joint is good even myself was having a hard time to fing it.
The size 180 mm X 190 mm depth 35 mm (sorry use to mm instead of inch).
The whole piece – well there are two parts the bureu and the top bookcase. Long, very long project all ready spend a whole year on it and did not tuch for 5 years now came back hope to finish.
Will put some photos but lots must be done to it to complet.
Happy New Year to every one, thanks for warm apriciation of my work fa-a-a-a-ar away form perfection.
But heading that direction.

-- The way I work - the way I live. goldenhands

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#8 posted 01-06-2009 11:09 PM

Very nice carving. Well done.

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#9 posted 01-07-2009 12:27 AM

Very nice!

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#10 posted 01-07-2009 09:23 PM

Nice carving.Well done.

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#11 posted 01-23-2009 07:03 PM

Awesome work, even more so considering it was your first attempt. Way to go.


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#12 posted 01-23-2009 10:59 PM

A great carving. Looking forward to the full project. We’ll also accept construction photos.

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#13 posted 02-13-2009 07:26 PM

From a scale of 1 to 10 I’ll have to give it a 100. You are too hard on yourself ( like I am to myself). Lots of woodworkers would love to have that talent, especially if its your first time carving a shell. I understand where you are comming from. Just know, if you don’t tell people there are any mistakes, 97 % of the time they will not notice. So unless this is going into a museum. don’t fret too much. Very good work. can’t even see the mistakes.

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#14 posted 07-10-2010 05:52 PM

This is beautiful, and the sort of work I am trying to build up to. I am curious about how long you have been carving, what tools you use, and how long it takes you for a piece like the shell. Do you use a pattern, or design yourself?

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#15 posted 08-19-2010 01:30 AM

Thank you for nice comments guys :)
I am not a professional carver, just like to try it from time to time when I got bored with other things lol
I use Taylor carving chisels UK made, yes pattern has come from the past neo-classical period, I am collecting old books with history and ornaments. How to do it? Well passion plus talent plus attention to details plus free open mind so you eat that sandwich and drink a good cup of coffee with it in the morning and here we go :)
Nah joking just luck probably … but still :)

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