"A Christmas Baby"

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Project by mpounders posted 12-24-2015 04:38 PM 1036 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got the baby all finished up! I ended up just leaving him natural, with a hand rubbed lacquer finish. That should leave the wood more of it’s natural color and won’t yellow/darken like the polyurethane I use on most of my carvings. I tried to copy the finishing technique used some by Janet Cordell. This is also from a rough out of Janet’s, but i carved it to resemble my grandson and it will be a gift for my daughter. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 04:44 PM

Very realistic pupet(s).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 05:04 PM

wonderfully realistic carviing.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-24-2015 05:27 PM

I’ve got to know how you do that. CNC? Hand carving? Who’s baby did you scan?


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#4 posted 12-24-2015 08:07 PM

Super great job Mike!! Isn’t this the lady you took a workshop from some time ago?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 12-24-2015 08:11 PM

Mike, you are becoming quite an artist. This is so nicely done and your craftsmanship is amazing.

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 12-25-2015 12:43 AM

Another excellent carving.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 03:57 AM


Just think what that will be worth when your grandson becomes famous! Very nice carving!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 04:15 PM

Fantastic job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 01:32 AM

I ve got to know how you do that. CNC? Hand carving? Who s baby did you scan?


- CharleyL

Thanks Charley! This is hand carved from a roughout. A roughout is usually sold by the designer of the carving to others who would like to carve their version of the same design. This one was by Janet Cordell and included the roughly shaped body, arms, and legs, with the holes drilled for the arms/legs, and eye hooks and rubber bands to connect them. No pictures of the finished project in the kit, just some simple instructions for connecting the arms and stuff. So it is up to the carver to make it look like a baby! However, I have carved with Janet and her sister, so I kinda knew how to proceed. CNCs are great if you are into production routing, but for the roughly $3000 for an entry level CNC machine, you can purchase some decent carving tools and take lessons from some of the greatest carvers in the world. A carving seminar typically runs $200-$300 for 5 days, plus travel and lodging. You can learn from books and online, but you can really speed up the process by studying directly with other carvers. And it is a lot of fun!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 01:35 AM

Super great job Mike!! Isn t this the lady you took a workshop from some time ago?

- Northwest29

Yep, and I hope to carve with her again! She is a great instructor and so is her sister.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#11 posted 12-27-2015 04:45 PM

Gr8 carving as always, Mike. Your daughter will love it, I’m sure.

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

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#12 posted 12-28-2015 05:23 AM

whoa, uncanny

-- Rick M,

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#13 posted 12-28-2015 06:51 PM

It looks almost full scale!
That is a beautifully carved baby!

That would be a difficult CNC job as it would need more that just three axis and some very good programming.

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

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