Various Carvings

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Project by Heidi Neely posted 09-16-2009 10:09 PM 3038 views 5 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first 5 carvings that I have completed so far since picking up the carving bug…lol!
They aren’t the greatest, but I really enjoyed making them. All were carved out of maple, with the exception of the angel which was pine. Keith posted all of these in his project section for me previously, I believe….but I wanted to have something in my project section…so I’m just re-posting them : )

The Violet carving was my 1st, followed by the butterfly one (I love butterflies), next I believe I did the mermaid, and then the angel which I carved for my daughter. Her middle name is Rose, and her nickname is “Rosebud” in this carving I am the angel looking after my beautiful “Rosebud”. It has sentamental value to her and I…so even though it’s probably the crudest carving job out of all of them I think it’s the project that means the most to me so far. Lastly, the one of the woman that I call “exposed”. It represents the vulnerability that is felt when you expose yourself (both literally, and emotionally).

Like I said, not the best…but they’re my very first attempts at carving. Dispite the random cuts on the fingers from slips of the chissels, several splinters, and knuckle scrapes…and ALOT of glue to repair what I unintentionally broke off…I very much enjoyed making each of these.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#1 posted 09-16-2009 10:48 PM

What an impressive beginning. Already a wonderful body of work. Awesome….............................

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

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 11:00 PM

Looks like you’re off to a great start with the carvings. very nice work.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 11:39 PM

Beautiful work! I really like the mermaid

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 11:39 PM

Liked them since I saw the first one Keith put on here. You have talent of your own.

I have carved a few things but you two are outta my league.

I’ll just have to keep on practicing.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#5 posted 09-17-2009 12:33 AM

Welcome and keep up the great carving.

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#6 posted 09-17-2009 12:47 AM

verry pretty, good job, two thumbs up

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#7 posted 09-17-2009 02:42 AM

Move over Keith!! Seems like you created a monster! My wife is on my .ss! to carve now…She naturally loves butterfly’s and unicorns and fairies…Whats a guy to do….

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#8 posted 09-17-2009 03:04 AM

Heidi, Great carvings. I really like the butterflies…....looks like you’re giving Keith a run for the spotlight! lol.

-- John @

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#9 posted 09-17-2009 03:48 AM

good work

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 09-17-2009 08:35 AM

good job

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#11 posted 09-17-2009 12:18 PM

welcome ( on your own site ) ,
your work is beautiful !
i’m looking forward to more .

and a miracle !
all this from
orange county .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 09-17-2009 12:19 PM

Those wonderful carvings look like they come right from the heart. Welcome to LJ. It will be fun seeing your future carvings and watching your progress. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 09-17-2009 03:32 PM

very nice

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#14 posted 09-17-2009 06:48 PM

Beautiful carvings, looks to me like you’ve been at it a while. Very nice carvings of women exposed, and flowers.

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

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#15 posted 09-18-2009 04:30 AM

Hi Heidi

Don’t sell yourself short. I think you did a very nice job on these. It sure a lot better than I could do. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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