The Lady of the Garden.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 06-27-2015 04:50 AM 766 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A great project from red beech driftwood. Nice wood to work and takes detail well. Carved with knives over about a 2 week period, off and on. It represents a woman who does a lot of gardening and has plants growing out of her hair and arum lilies around her neck. An urban female wood spirit.

I belong to a very strong gardening community, mostly women, who are absolute experts on growing in our rather difficult local conditions. The carving reflects their indomitable spirit and ability to create paradise in rocks, clay and very strong winds.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 06-27-2015 07:49 AM

What a wonderful carving! I love it!

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 10:55 AM

Great carving, John. I pick up driftwood bark from Lake Michigan and wished I could make it into something like that.
That is a valuable talent you have to bring that out of the wood!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 02:25 PM

very nice! Would like to see a picture of the piece of wood before you started work.

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 03:16 PM

This is a real nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-27-2015 08:51 PM

Thank you all for the comments. Like you Jim, I have access to an endless supply of driftwood. Every time there is a storm, always frequently, a new supply washes up on our local beaches. Its a bit hit and miss on the quality but you get lucky more often than not. The sand and stones in the wood is a bit hard on the tools though. I need to sharpen more often than other carvers.

-- RusticJohn

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