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Project by Ellen posted 1729 days ago 2548 views 9 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a donation to The Wolf River Conservancy in Memphis Tennessee. The assignment was to create something that inspires you from the Wolf River. We took photos from a canoe ride down this fun slow moving river and my inspiration came from the photo I shot while riding down the river.

I used curly maple for the leaf. The size is 16.5×11.5×6 inches tall. The stem is actually a stick a beaver chewed on to make his hut. I started my normal way with an angle grinder, roughing out the shape and from there, 60 grit sand paper all the way to 4,000 grit. The base it stands on was a scrap from another project, but holds the leaf at a great angle. I finished it with my favorite tung oil and wax.

The best thing about this art auction, is that the proceeds are split 50/50 with the artists.

Let me know what you think. Someone requested a close up showing the grain, I think this helps.

Thanks for all the feedback.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html





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Daren Nelson

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#2 posted 1729 days ago

Once again you’ve created a truly one of a kind, artistic and beautiful piece. I really admire your ability to take imagination to reality.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#3 posted 1729 days ago

Very cool.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#4 posted 1729 days ago

Ellen once again you have nailed it that is a wonderfull peice of art i would love a close up on the grain if possible this i like very much….......

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#5 posted 1729 days ago

Wowwwwwww Ellen great piece and carving,will like to know what kind of discs or burrs you use are the the kutzall weels and burrs?

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Ellen

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#6 posted 1729 days ago

The disk is convex, like the shape your hand makes when it is around your computer mouse. And it has a ton of burrs on it, like mini nails. Very scary, but very effective at cutting through the material. I always make sure it is secure in the angle grinder prior to starting it up! It helps me rough out my sculptured boxes and designs fairly quickly, so I can then get to the rough shaping with sandpapers and scrapers. So glad you like it! You guys are my best critics. Any feedback is appreciated, as always.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#7 posted 1729 days ago

WOW as usual your work is amazing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 1729 days ago

16×11 that is a big piece , i’ll bet it has a great feel to it. beautiful

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#9 posted 1729 days ago

Very nice work Ellen.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 1729 days ago

Gorgeous Ellen just Beautiful, You must have the a very calm hand to make something so thin and beautiful, I love it. Mike

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

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#11 posted 1729 days ago

beautiful

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#12 posted 1729 days ago

Very nice! I have always wanted to try my hand at more sculptural pieces, but I haven’t worked up the courage yet. You obviously have the gift for it.

Great Job!!

-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#13 posted 1729 days ago

Excellent piece.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#14 posted 1729 days ago

I highly suggest if you have an angle grinder to just start carving the square shapes off pieces. Pretty soon you will try to not make anything straight. Well except for the places where things need to butt to it for glueing…

Keep your wood thicker than usual and use that opportunity to give it some curve appeal. Start with a chunky box and start carving the square parts away. It was very liberating to me. I look back at some of my earlier work and am glad I got the courage to give it a go!

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#15 posted 1729 days ago

Gorgeous, Ellen!

Now be sure and post again when you finish painting it green. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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