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The Ol' Covered Bridge

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Project by Scultoro3 posted 06-29-2016 11:49 PM 6480 views 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a wonderful illustration of a covered bridge.I wanted to make a deep Bas-relief carving of it. Turning it sideways I could see three definite layers, background village, covered bridge and trees in the foreground. Whatever you wish to call them, I made three “blanks” of basswood 15” X 34” X 3/4”. I only included the wood I knew I would need in that layer. Keeping the layers separate let me carve more detail into each layer than if they were glued up before hand. I probably spent three months carving this scene and three months thinking about “what to cut before you cut”. The seams were a challenge. The seam btwn the bridge and the village was “masked” with a small dam or spillway. The dip in the road, get over it, it was the best I could figure to do. The frame is also basswood, chip carved and with corner medallions to hide the seams. I shoe polished the whole to seal it up and “tone it up” with those beautiful fades and gradations of tone in the carving and the border. This was an experiment. I consider it successfull. Look for more of this in the future.

-- Howard, Maryland USA





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#1 posted 06-30-2016 01:27 AM

That piece is amazing Howard! Wow, that is beautiful and inspiring work.

-- -Trapper

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#2 posted 06-30-2016 01:56 AM

That is awesome….incredible work.

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#3 posted 06-30-2016 02:24 AM

Very 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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#4 posted 06-30-2016 02:58 AM

Beautiful.

-- Jeff NJ

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#5 posted 06-30-2016 03:09 AM

Wow. This is great in the pictures and I can only imagine how amazing when looking at it directly.

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#6 posted 06-30-2016 03:52 AM

I would really like to see that beauty in person. Thanks so much for sharing with us

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 06-30-2016 09:39 AM

breathtakingly beautiful -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 06-30-2016 12:20 PM

Stunning. Beautiful work.

-- Gary, Florida

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#9 posted 06-30-2016 12:42 PM

What they said!!
Thank you for showing that beautiful Art!

-- Bruce - Indiana - Sawdust is just, MAN GLITTER!

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#10 posted 06-30-2016 01:34 PM

amazing work!

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#11 posted 06-30-2016 04:16 PM

What a beautiful piece of work. It’s outstanding and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#12 posted 06-30-2016 04:19 PM

All of the above ===AAAA+++! work!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#14 posted 06-30-2016 05:48 PM

Huge work….. This miracle…... I Take off a hat. Bravo….

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#15 posted 06-30-2016 05:48 PM

That’s awesome. Great job!

-- http://slipperyskip.com

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