"Natural Selection" carved out of a silver maple tree.

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Project by Patrick Burns posted 05-09-2016 02:36 AM 2487 views 4 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this carving a year ago, I am still working on it. It currently is for sale. carving contains numerous fish, a octopus, Marlin, dolphin, sea turtle, and two rays underneath. It is all one piece, I’ll will continue to add more photos as it progresses.


-- Pat B

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 10:43 AM

Can you show more pics, this is awesome.

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 12:35 PM

It is amazing. Yes please add more photos.

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Patrick Burns

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 01:22 PM

All of my progress photos are on my old phone, trying to upload later. Photos of the underside, containing the Rays. Thanks

-- Pat B

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 01:50 PM

Wait , what? You join in here and on your FIRST DAY, you show us THIS?
Are you NUTZ? If this is what you’re starting us off with here, how can anyone aspire to be you?

Someone just starting woodworking, sees this on their first day and will simply give away all those expensive tools they just bought and throw in the towel!

you Do realize, dont you, that all this rant was a big tongue in cheek way to say ..

WOW! THat is fantastic, and it isn’t even done yet !

Oh, and while I’m at it… WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 02:24 PM

Wow. Amazing.

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#6 posted 05-09-2016 02:28 PM

Thanks, im having a blast carving this piece. It took so much courage to attempt to stain/color it. So far so good.

-- Pat B

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#7 posted 05-09-2016 02:30 PM

Wow! This is amazing. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks. I’m looking forward to seeing what else comes out of your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-09-2016 06:33 PM

Wow! When will you post the tutorial for those of us thats mere mortals?

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Patrick Burns

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#9 posted 05-09-2016 06:43 PM

Your too kind, all of you. This piece truly is amazing, I’m still deciding what colors to use on the fish and turtle. I still need to finish a lot of details on all animals. But stay tuned.

-- Pat B

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#10 posted 05-09-2016 07:02 PM

you can count on me staying tuned!!!!!!! welcome to lumberjocks

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Patrick Burns

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#11 posted 05-09-2016 07:04 PM

Thanks, wish I had found out about lumberjocks sooner. This is going to be fun.

-- Pat B

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#12 posted 05-09-2016 07:32 PM

Well that must’ve taken maybe 20 minutes to do…......WOW! Amazing work! Thanks for sharing it with us

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#13 posted 05-09-2016 07:42 PM

That’s Awesome!
What kind of wood, is it Maple?

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#14 posted 05-09-2016 07:43 PM

Awesome, amazing, welcome to Lumberjocks – all those well deserved compliments have been suitably covered by comments above. Nothing more I can say there. :)

I do have a question: What magical force is supporting that dolphin? How is that tail not breaking off? You are defying the laws of physics there! What is your secret?

Don’t know what your asking price is for this – but I could see it being acquired by a natural history museum or aquarium as part of their displays on sea life.

Thanks for sharing – I look forward to more pictures of this project and other projects.

-- Leafherder

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#15 posted 05-09-2016 08:07 PM

Wow thanks again fellow “lumberjocks” , it’s Silver Maple. The dolphin is stronger then you think. When I was repositioning this piece it fell, oddly enough the dolphin continues to hold (swim).

I’d love for it to go to a museum or aquarium. Definitely where it will be seen and respected. Asking price is unclear at this moment. I can’t wait to add details to the rest of all animals. thanks again all.

-- Pat B

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