Carved Juniper Vessel

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Project by scott shangraw posted 03-11-2009 03:41 AM 2514 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of the three large vessels I just finished carving for an art show in CA this week.This was the BIG one.The wood is alligator juniper stands about 28” tall and about 28” at the largest diameter.I carved in from two different directions making it a pretty challenging piece.When I started this piece the log was probably 400 lbs now probably less than 15 lbs .Thanks for looking time to get packing and head for CA ,Wish me luck !!!! This one is called “Offspring”.

See also Elm Canyon

Forest Mussel

Margarita Ville

-- Scott NM,

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Les Hastings

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#1 posted 03-11-2009 04:02 AM

Awesome work Scott on all of them!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#2 posted 03-11-2009 04:16 AM

I agree nice job on all of them

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 03-11-2009 04:20 AM

Scott, I am completely at a loss for words after looking at these three bowls. I play around carving smalls bowls that don’t even need to be posted in the same arena. Someday…........I only hope to move on the bigger pieces of wood and be able to do something just 10% as good as these. I have some big chunks of cedar drying now and would just love to do a big bowl. How long does it take to do a bowl like that? I would just give anything to see one of them up close. The photos, though, still leave me speechless. There is just something about NM that brings out the artist , and you are truly just that, a superb artist.

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

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scott shangraw

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#4 posted 03-11-2009 04:43 AM

Thanks for the very kind words.Gary you keep posting those bowls of yours !!!There is not a lot of us carving bowls so we need to post what we got to keep up with all those turners !!!!!These take quit a bit of time I have gotten pretty quick with the chainsaw which helps speed things up you can really hog out a lot of material with it.These vessels are very physical work with the chainsaw at the end of the day I’m feeling it.I usually carve them wet to about 1” thick , let them dry, then finish up bringing them to about 1/8 to 1/4 thick that part takes a while.I wish I had timeto get them shot by my photographer my camera work doesn’t do them justice

-- Scott NM,

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#5 posted 03-11-2009 04:47 AM

Good luck with the show. These carvings are awesome.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#6 posted 03-11-2009 05:34 AM

Thanks for the tip, Scot. I have some pretty good size oak that is pretty wet. They are about 15 inches in diameter. I had them laid up to dry out and work on next year. Tomorrow I’m gonna pull one of them off the pile and crank up the chain saw and do some very rough cutting with that. I will switch to the arbotech pretty quickly, though. I’m not comfortable carving with the chain saw. Guess I would need a shorter bar than I have for control. Glad to know, though, that you carve green. I have heard people talk about microwave drying. You ever tried that. ‘Course with the size of your carvings it would take one humongous microwave.

Anyway….good luck at the show, even though when you have stuff like that, you don’t need luck.

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

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#7 posted 03-11-2009 01:02 PM

That is amazing work. How long does it take to carve them out?

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#8 posted 03-11-2009 01:14 PM

As everyone else has said ~ Well done.

There are many untold hours of work in producing this work and your others, which are likely to go unrecognised, afterall Joe and Mary Doe are not interested in the journey – your craftsmanship and the hours devoted to each project.

Even better than that your work demonstrates the ability and imgination to think beyond the norm, well done!

Tony Ward

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#9 posted 03-11-2009 01:39 PM

WOW!!!!! not much I can add except that!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 03-11-2009 02:40 PM

Gorgeous, just plane dang beautiful.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 03-11-2009 03:09 PM

boy howdy.

Now I’m ashamed to even post my latest carved bowl.

great work Scott, just great work. It’s amazing how you can do this.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#12 posted 03-11-2009 04:42 PM

As an aspiring artist (ever since the Kintergarten teacher asked me what I want to be when I grow up, 71 years ago) I bow to you, sir.

Words fail.


Don Butler
Waterford, PA

ps. perhaps I should have been living in NM????

-- No trees were damaged in posting this message, but thousands of electrons were seriously inconvenienced.

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#13 posted 03-11-2009 07:40 PM

I agree.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 03-15-2009 05:41 AM

Sorry I’m so late congratulating you on some fantastic wood art. Best of luck, as if you need it. The work speaks for it’s self. Wonderful!!!

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

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#15 posted 03-17-2009 10:56 PM

Thanks all for the kind words .Mark I would love to see what you do with a carved bowl!!
Some time I will blog the process on these but I always forget to take pictures when I get into the “groove”I tend not to stop .I didn’t sell any of the three latest at the show but had some greaty interest(nobody sold much of anything at the show) But of all people I had Sam Maloof come to my booth and he really like them so needless to say I was very JAZZED about that experience.

-- Scott NM,

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