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Project by William Hodgins posted 01-16-2016 07:09 PM 1399 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was fortunate to come across a tree that had been struck by lighting and damaged. The golf course that I got it from, had cut it down and was going to chip it up for mulch. I like poplar because of the difference in colour variation between heart wood and sap wood. This solid piece was 28 inches high and about 14 inches at the base. It took approximately 50 hours beginning by roughing it out with a chainsaw and finishing it with foredom and bur bits. I finished the piece with a watco stain. Thank you everyone so far on previous postings, for your kind comments.

-- Wills Sculptures

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#1 posted 01-16-2016 07:35 PM

Awesome job! That’s one beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 08:36 PM

Lots of action in this one. Well done!

Poplar is a favourite of mine also. The spalting is beautiful and unpredictable.

Roman the Bootman.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 09:42 PM

BEEE-U-TIFUL! Nice work!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 11:19 PM


-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 12:15 AM

absolutely fantastic, IDK if this was planned or a happy accident (since if you could plan this your insight into a trees grain far surpasses me) but I love how the grain color changes on exactly the perfect spot on the eagle, everything looks perfect, but that is the icing on the cake, great work.

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#6 posted 01-17-2016 01:05 AM

That’s one beautiful piece of work congratulations

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 01-17-2016 08:00 AM

Excellent work. A real plot, as in life. Beautifully…..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 01-17-2016 03:26 PM

Mind blowing. Looks amazing!

-- Kayvon

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#9 posted 01-17-2016 03:30 PM

Beautiful work! My sister had an Ash tree that was struck by lightning – Tree company “experts” said that lightning struck wood was useless for any type of woodworking so it was cut down, chipped into mulch and hauled away before I could get any. Bet those “experts” would change their minds if they saw this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 01-17-2016 04:11 PM

Incredible work! Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#11 posted 01-17-2016 04:31 PM

wow a real artist with wood. will be looking at all your carvings. I love eagles, near the pacific coast we have lots of them. When the ulegan run there can be dozens of them in the trees. interesting, my son in law name is Hodgins, he spent time in Alberta and is now living in Ontario.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 01-18-2016 08:07 AM

Sweet carving – I see what you mean about the heartwood – beautiful

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#13 posted 01-19-2016 05:42 AM

wow, simply amazing!

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#14 posted 05-03-2016 01:35 AM

Fantastic piece!

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