"High Point Ridge" - My Rendition of a Lora S. Irish Ram Pattern

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 10-05-2009 09:34 AM 3705 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of my wildlife series carvings – it started out the project of building myself a bar with a wildlife theme. I carved this with the help of my father who clearly believed it was out of my league, until we pulled it off.

The pattern entitled “High Point Ridge” is a Lora S. Irish pattern ( modified slightly to fit the scale of the panel.

Relief is about ½” depth, carving is done by hand using 18th century cast steel antique tools. Detail is burned in. Tinting is acrylic paint – finish is shellac sealer with Waterlox tung oil varnish finish.

Material solid 5/4” walnut backed by cross planks to avoid any movement – EVER … these are thick with the batons in place. They float within the framework that creates a bar front.

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-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 10-05-2009 10:24 AM

Definitely a wow on this one Eric. Beautifully done. You really should do more of this kind of thing. I can’t tell you how much I like it. The whole bar and all the carving is just amazing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-05-2009 02:30 PM

Awesome looking bar! The carving is Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 10-05-2009 02:57 PM

As stated – that is awesome – it just amazes me how much talent you folks have. Looking at this and some of your other work – you are a very talented person. Keep it up!!

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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#4 posted 10-05-2009 04:38 PM

To get any cravings that look half as good, I would have to use a CNC machine. Unfortunatly, I don’t have one.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#5 posted 10-05-2009 08:13 PM

Holy smokes! That is an incredible set up. The carvings are stunning. Well done.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 03:18 AM

that looks great mate keep on carvin

-- jim nevada

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 03:20 AM

The ram really pops out at you.

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#8 posted 10-09-2009 02:36 AM

Very impressive carvings and bar. You do some beautiful work. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 10-11-2009 12:02 AM

Very impressed!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#10 posted 10-11-2009 01:43 AM

Looks good Eric

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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