abstract chip carving (can you guess what it is)

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Project by Coss posted 04-03-2016 02:02 AM 1615 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece has become the source of a family game. We have our guests try and guess what it is and only about 30% are able to guess what it is on the first try. I bet you guys can see it no problem

It was not intended to be difficult to see but proved to be so when my mother-in-law was unable to see what it was even after some long explaining. To this day she can’t see it!!

I got the original idea of this from an adult coloring book I walked passed in a book store. It was on sale so I bought it and was able to use the general outline and fill in the rest with my own chip ideas. Enjoy!

-- Coss

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 02:06 AM

Horse? Beautiful

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 02:11 AM

Well, I see an alligator head sticking out of saw grass.
I may be wrong but, that’s what comes to mind.

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 02:48 AM

I’m with Rod, I see gator too. Beautiful work.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 03:04 AM

Dragon head? Nice carving too.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 03:13 AM

Kinda looks like a lion to me.

-- Andy Smith

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 04:49 AM

i think all these guys are right,its what you see,their is no wrong when it comes too what the mind see’ vote is horse.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 09:29 AM

I see an indian with a head dress of feathers…..:)

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#8 posted 04-03-2016 01:12 PM

I think you stood the piece on end so we might have trouble seeing that gator !

Nice job !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 05:01 PM

I agree, it’s a gator. Beautiful work.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#10 posted 04-04-2016 02:30 AM


-- The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. Edwin Bliss

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#11 posted 04-04-2016 03:08 PM

Standing up it looks like some sort of bird, second picture it is a gator

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#12 posted 04-04-2016 03:28 PM

I’m not sure of what it is. However, it is a beautiful piece; I do know that. Nice work, Coss.

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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#13 posted 04-04-2016 06:29 PM

I see a horse’s head or to more correct, half a horse’s head.

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#14 posted 04-04-2016 07:03 PM

The diversity of response has brought me great joy and laughter. It’s amazing how different all of our minds work!! Here is a picture of the original inspiration and picture I used as a template. Pauldoug, Pottz, and Derek you all guessed the original intent of the carving but I think Pottz also nailed it in saying that there is no wrong answer.

-- Coss

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#15 posted 04-04-2016 07:06 PM

and sorry I couldn’t get the above picture to stand up straight, I couldn’t preview the image before posting the comment

-- Coss

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