Hippo Mom & Baby....

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Project by Heidi Neely posted 09-25-2009 08:19 PM 1907 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this “experimental” project back in July, but I forgot all about it until my mom reminded me durring a recent phone call. It’s as they say “out of sight, out of mind” was a gift for my mom that I mailed off to her once it was complete. Hippos are one of her favorite animals, so when I saw the original pic (especially since it’s a Mom and her baby) I thought it was a perfect practice carving for me and gift for her to recieve from her daughter. I also wanted to encorporate some mosaics into it because it’s always something that I’ve wanted to try, and I thought the mixed-media would give it a little extra interest. The final result wasn’t exactly what I had invisioned when I started out on it….but like I said it was somewhat of an experiment for me. She liked it (well, probably the fact that I took the time and made it for her…more the thought behind it, then the actial carving).

Keith helped me out with the construction of the frame part because it needed to be mitered and I wanted it to have a “lip” all the way around to hold the grout with the tiles in it. The small dowel pieces on all 4 sides that hold the frame onto the carving itself was Keith’s creative idea as well. Let me just add how sweet Keith is to stop whatever he himself is busy making in order to help me out with stuff like this that I need his assistance on. Now THAT’S a great guy for ya!! : )
Anyhow, this is most definately not one of my best carvings by far (I was somewhat dissappointed in myself for feeling like my skills went backwards on this…instead of progressing), but I thought it was something just a little different then the “norm” to share here with everyone. Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 09-25-2009 09:26 PM

A beautiful piece of art

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

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#2 posted 09-26-2009 01:07 AM

Nice job on the carving.

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#3 posted 09-26-2009 02:23 AM

I think its a great carving. I knew what it was without you even telling me. LOL. I like it and the frame adds a unique look. Very nice and I’m sure your Mom loves it.

-- John @

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#4 posted 09-26-2009 03:15 AM

unique carving well done

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#5 posted 09-26-2009 03:23 AM

Curious – what did you envision differently?

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#6 posted 09-26-2009 06:18 AM

mtkate- I think I had wanted to try and give more of a texture to the hippo’s skin, because some of that texture was apparent in the picture I used as my pattern. I started with the texture and I just wasn’t happy with the way it was turning out so I ended up sanding it off and leaving it with more of a smooth look.

Because my previous carvings were quite a bit a higher difficulty level I figured this one would be pretty easy in comparrison. I was somewhat dissappointed that I didn’t feel it turned out as nice as say the butterfly carving which had a TON of detail. It was busy work…gave me something to do…but I don’t feel I improved my skill level.

I’m starting a new project that is very detailed and going to be pretty challenging., and I’m looking forward to getting going with it tomorrow…so hopefully I will rise to the challenge! : )

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

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#7 posted 09-27-2009 04:37 AM

Very creative, very nice design. A wonderful, meaningful gift…..........

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

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