Carved hand with butterfly

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Project by Beth posted 09-22-2015 09:43 PM 1283 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hand was hand carved with gouges from basswood; the butterfly from curly maple. It was based on a plaster cast of my own hand as a model. It’s about 5”x4 1/2” x 5” without the base. Fun but it took a long time!
Can be seen in my Etsy store:

-- Beth, Maine,

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 12:13 AM

Lots of detail but I must say it’s a bit creepy seeing a and like that. But what do I know about carving, Nothing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 01:56 AM

Oh, Tony, I agree. When I first cast my own hand in plaster of paris I couldn’t look at it for a couple days. And I feel a little bit that way about the carved hand as well…maybe almost a bit too realistic but I had to try it once anyway.

-- Beth, Maine,

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 02:27 AM

Thats an amazing hand. I’m thinking it’s slightly off putting to people because with the coloring it looks like a prosthetic. Still, it IS an amazing likeness, and the butterfly is perfect.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 09-23-2015 02:34 AM

That’s a beautiful carving!
The detail in the hand is outstanding and only outdone by the detail on the butterfly!

It must have been quite a dramatic change to go from carving basswood to curly maple.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 09-23-2015 07:00 AM

That is absolutely beautiful. I would say that when it come to carving you are a pretty good hand!

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 09-23-2015 04:36 PM

Beth, That’s amazing! You have incredible talents and skills.

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#7 posted 09-23-2015 04:56 PM

THAT is beautiful! Great job, Beth

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#8 posted 09-23-2015 08:30 PM

Thanks for all the kind words! I appreciate it!

-- Beth, Maine,

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#9 posted 09-23-2015 08:59 PM

A wonderfully sensitive piece Beth, very well done

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

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#10 posted 09-24-2015 02:32 AM

Beautiful work, Beth!



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#11 posted 09-24-2015 06:22 AM

Butterfly looks so realisticly fragile.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-28-2015 06:27 PM

I liked it very much. Thanks…...

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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