"Slower than a three legged turtle!"

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Project by mpounders posted 09-17-2015 03:19 AM 1387 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I get older, I have noticed that I am not as in as much of a hurry as I used to be. And sometimes, I feel as slow as this guy, especially after doing things that used to not bother me a bit. Time catches up with us all, sooner or later! I started this guy, wanting a long nose and something different in his positioning and his neck led to a bent over figure. I got to thinking about how I like wearing t-shirts and shorts, and thought this guy might be trying to show off his physique in a wife beater and some Hawaiian shorts. Like dressing younger is fooling anyone! I figured a turtle would be a perfect pet for someone slow on their feet, but this one is pulling at his leash. “Slow down! This ain’t no @#$&* foot race!” I need to remember these things! The old man is carved from a single block of basswood, painted with acrylic washes, and finished with satin polyurethane. The leash is a piece of pigskin.

Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 09-17-2015 03:46 AM

Besides being an amusing piece your carving is amazing.

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#2 posted 09-17-2015 03:53 AM

Looks like the turtle is winning Mike

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 09-17-2015 05:01 AM

I swear that dam turtle is lookin back over his shoulder & havin a bit of a laugh at you Mike, you have a great way to capture the moment

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 09-17-2015 06:42 AM

Your carvings are always a delight to see.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 09-17-2015 12:19 PM

Mike, this is a great carving and shows a lot of creative imagination. Your skill as a carver just keeps on growing.

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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#6 posted 09-17-2015 01:50 PM

That is one great piece!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 09-17-2015 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone! I had fun carving him and thinking about how to paint him.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#8 posted 09-17-2015 05:04 PM

Laughed out loud at this one!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#9 posted 09-17-2015 07:04 PM

Love it, very well done, always a joy to see your carvings and the stories!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#10 posted 09-17-2015 10:40 PM

Spot on great!! I love this carving style. I haven’t finished one myself because my hands and the picture in my head don’t seem to work together so I stick with just object carving. But I’m always envy of this skill. You keep do’in and we’ll keep cheer’n.

-- jerry

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#11 posted 09-18-2015 04:02 AM

Very cute. you forgot to mention another typical Phenomenon with older people: the ears looks greater than in the past, may be there is no hair to cover part of them or the skin become more stretched on the skull or they start to grow when we become older. this phenomenon appears in your sculpture.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#12 posted 09-18-2015 02:20 PM

Wow…great carving. Love it

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#13 posted 09-18-2015 08:55 PM

So is so Rad on so many levels. I live in that world. LOL

You have some amazing talent sir! The details are incredible. You make this for yourself or commision?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 09-23-2015 04:10 PM

Your imagination and carving skills are never ending Mike. Super cool, as always.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 09-24-2015 08:46 PM

This is Very Cool , But I don’t remember Posing for it. :)

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