Knot just a Sculpture

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 02-06-2009 07:30 PM 2283 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this sculpture out of a single block of maple that I had when I was going to do the Fine Woodworking maple challenge. I couldn’t get the project for that contest done in time, and it’s actually still sitting there unfinished. Hmmmm, maybe I should work on that. Anywho I broke out some modeling clay and started tinkering around with different ideas and this is what came up. I started thinking about the significance of a knot and decided to dedicate this project to my 4 year old daughter. The significance of this knot embelishes the fact that we will forever be tied together. I made the knot loose because there will be a time when we won’t be as close. She will get older and drift from me, maybe needing something from time to time. My family has never really kept close ties and I hope to change that with my daughter. We will be tied together even if it feels like we aren’t.
I know this isn’t perfect. The “rope” is different thicknesses in different areas and there are a few spots in the underside of the curves that I couldn’t get anything into to smooth. I did the best I could with the experience and knowledge I have. This is only my second sculpture and my first didn’t turn out so bueno. Honestly the only reason I’m doing these is because I don’t have a table saw or band saw or material to make anything else. I know I can make things without those tools, don’t get me wrong. But I’m broke and lazy. LOL.
I was thinking that I would do a little lumberjock drawing type of thing. Whereas everyone gives me an idea of what I should carve or sculpt next. I will tell you what size of block or piece I have, post a picture of it, etc and you all tell me what to make. I will draw a name out of a hat and make whatever it is. Then donate the piece to charity. When I am ready to do this I will post a blog with the size of the piece and pics of it. I really hope to get a big response on that as it is for charity purposes.
Anywho, give me your honest opinions of this piece. I respect candor. Any criticism whether negative or positive will help me improve on the next piece. Thanks for looking.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 07:47 PM

Generally I love your work but this one is creepy.
I remainds me of an anemic polish sausage.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 08:46 PM

I like it. It feels alive.

-- --Bob

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 09:15 PM

well since i know how hard maple is i can appreate the time an d effort to carve this. di dyou use power or hand tools?

looks nice and smooth.

-- pat,ohio...

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 09:29 PM

Pat, I used straight chisels and a curved gouge for the most part. I tried to use a rotary but found it difficult to maneuver around the curves. I don’t have a dremel or a rotary like that. I have a die grinder but I burnt out my compressor with it on the mermaid sculpture. So I tried a roto zip with a rasp and it’s just to bulky. After all the thing is made for cutting holes in drywall and what not. But there comes a time when you must use what you have to get the job done.
Bob, thanks for making me hungry. LOL. At least it’s almost lunch time.
Rareddy, it does feel alive. I should have carved a little face at the end of one of the tips and it could have been a worm. I think the knot concept would have worked out better if I would have made it look tighter. Oh well.
Thanks for the comments so far, and to those of you saying yuck and wondering off without commenting just post what’s on your mind. I like feedback positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 09:42 PM

Good concept, good execution. The form seems to keep a uniform diameter through out the piece. I might suggest you cut the knot off of the black base and support it with a small brass tube on a pedestal. The shape of the base is competing with the shape of the knot. This will give the piece more of an all around shape. Then your knot won’t have a beginning or and end.
I would love to see this in a wood with a very strong grain pattern, the grain and the shape would then give tension to one another. I could easily see this as a series in a gallery. Don’t stop at just one. You might be on to something!

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 10:09 PM

Way cool. Uniform thickness is what machines are for. Hand sculptures should flow however the creator sees fit.

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#7 posted 02-06-2009 10:12 PM

Well done, I am sure it will be well received.

Tony Ward

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#8 posted 02-06-2009 10:17 PM

Very interresting and looks “tricky”.......... most importantly though, I love the dedication to your daughter.
How true and wonderful !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 02-07-2009 12:02 AM

I like it too. Think you can develop that further. Let the wood talk as you work and your natural talent will guide you. Don’t go at it too tight with design. Sometimes the wood tells you where to take it. Like me I just use what is available for tools. I try to avoid buying things unless I know Ill be using it a lot. I also think some kind of base would be nice. Nice art piece!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 02-07-2009 03:03 AM

I really like it. It almost looks alive to me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 02-07-2009 03:46 AM

Great piece of art and I liked your explanation of the idea.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 02-07-2009 04:10 AM

I think this is a cool looking piece.
I made a rather small detail sander out of a tooth brush….LOL…ok I know it sounds crazy but it actually works well. Try it you will be suprised and it cost about 10 bucks.
I made about 15 or more for carvers in our group they love them.
Let me know if your intrested I’ll give ya more info on it, but its really straight forward.
Thanks for the post

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#13 posted 02-07-2009 04:57 AM

Interesting sander. An impressive sculpture.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 02-07-2009 05:01 AM

Jim that toothbrush sander idea looks pretty cool. Thanks for sharing it. I may look into it in the future. Thanks for all the comments guys.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 02-07-2009 12:16 PM

That toothbrush should come with a warning label on it. LOL

That’s really a great idea. I guess the ones that spin could be called random orbit toothbrushes huh?

Nice sculpture.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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