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Project by MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARÃES posted 03-07-2009 09:14 PM 3738 views 8 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m posting this work with the tag ” Carving” since this is one important kind of jobs used to make it.
However, other works such as wood lamination, metal engraving and burin jobs are present. Maybe it is what you call a mixed media project.
My intention was carving a stallion and a mare. After all this was a gift to a couple of friends who love and raise horses.
The stallion is supposed to be the one in which base is inserted a dedication plaque. I hope my dear woodworking fellows may note my efforts in carving a stronger neck, a more defined muscles, the male posture and so on.

The wood support is composed by two distinct parts. One of them, an inclined carved board on a triangular support in which face I inserted a small clock and in the other one a dedication metal plaque. The remained part is composed by two plane solid boards. In these both, vertical and horizontal boards, I also laminated some contrasting color sheets of wood.
In order to prevent “slippage” of the wood set due to the weight of the books, I fixed a brass sheet on the base, so the stored books could rest securely, not pushing the lighter wood set to its sides.

In the upper face of the protruding brass sheet, I engraved with a mini rotary tool an ornamental design in which “hollow” center I could get enough room to also engrave two monograms with the capitals of the names of my couple friends. I used the burin to engrave the monograms.
In the detailed monogram photo, the capitals are D, L, T, C, and in the other shot L, T, C.
I hope you may concede me some “poetic licence” in order to “discover” these capitals in the design!


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#1 posted 03-07-2009 09:36 PM

Wow, those are absolutely stunning! You’re a true artist!

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#2 posted 03-07-2009 09:40 PM

A fantstic carving set. I’m sure that it will be greatly appreciated/

-- 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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#3 posted 03-07-2009 10:05 PM

You are an extrordinary artist, I’m constantly amazed at your work and detail to beauty. Well done my friend. Please post that beautiful work you showed me a few weeks ago, all lumberjocks would love to see it, even though it is in stone.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 03-07-2009 10:27 PM

Gorgeous work. And yes, before I even read the description, I could tell they were supposed to be a stallion and mare.

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

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#5 posted 03-07-2009 10:31 PM

Muito bom, Marco. I like all your work, especially this one and the old town window view. That is incredible. How long did it take? There’s no need to apologize for your English, it is great. Bem-vindo a LumberJocks.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 10:44 PM

Great workmanship beautiful carving well done and thanks for showing us your work.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 11:06 PM

Outstanding creations, they will be cherished for years to come.

They may not want to cover up the beautifully engraved brass with books.

You have a great style of carving.

I have carved some horses, but not as good as yours.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

#8 posted 03-07-2009 11:17 PM

Thank you again for the kind words you used to describe my amateur work.
Regarding to the “other” project you’ve mentioned, as I told you in your e-mail address, I’m afraid to post something that is not mainly a woodworking job. Despite ” TEMPUS FUGIT” (this is the tittle of the piece!) is a work where I used a lot of woodworking elbow grease, I understand that probably the main work are made out of marble and mini-sculptures or ornaments found in gold. As I told you, I don’t want to invade the main purpose of the site.
In any way, I promise you I’ll think about.
By the way, I sent a message to Martin and MsDebbie asking for the possibility of inserting of a new TAG :- mixed media.


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#9 posted 03-07-2009 11:37 PM

Beautiful! The horses are very detailed. They would make a great chess set. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

#10 posted 03-08-2009 12:02 AM

Thank you for your so kind but not deserved words.
Regarding to how long it took to be done, I’d like to tell you a curious story.
Some time ago, I received in my house a visit of a couple friends that were making arrangements in order to get married. Down here in Brazil, it’s a honor to be invited to be a godfather of a couple in the wedding ceremony.
They came to invite me and I asked for a wedding list in order to provide a not duplicated present.
They answered:- What? A gift bought in a store? No sir, we want something made by yourself. With your own hands! Something to be remembered for many years. After all, you’re like our second father.
Well, the wedding date would be in the next seven days! Then I decided to make the book-end, since they are horse raisers.
In the wedding day, the work was ready and I could feel myself proud for ending the job at time.
I took the book-end to their house in the last day. They received it and told me how they appreciated it.
At the same afternoon, wearing my (and only!) best suit I went to the church.
In there, they call all other godfathers, but not me!!!
That way, I was a simple guest but not a godfather!!!


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#11 posted 03-08-2009 02:50 AM

Marco you have done it again. Your carving skills are amazing. I can only imagine what it must feel like to carve something this wonderful, to have the pieces come to life in your hands. I thank you for posting the beautiful work.
Your number one fan.
Doug in AZ.

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#12 posted 03-08-2009 03:22 AM

Marco, this is a beautiful set of book-ends. They both are so realistic and you have captured the spiritual essence of both the mare and stallion in your carving. I am sure that these will be treasured heirlooms for the couple.

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pieces.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 03-08-2009 03:43 AM

Marco, as usual you have created a masterpiece. I think that you have capatured the real essence of the horseand at the same time enhanced the the beauty of the wood.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#14 posted 03-08-2009 05:46 AM

Unbelievable for amateur work, so I won’t believe it. You are a master. Just plane old beautiful!!! And you engraved with a rotary tool, okay I can believe that, but with such precision!? You have great hand, eye, co-ordination. Love your visions, thanks for sharing your exceptional work. .

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

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#15 posted 03-08-2009 06:49 AM

Great Lookin book ends

-- Jim, Kentucky

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