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Project by TheOldMan posted 1673 days ago 2338 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some of the belt buckles I carve. The horse and the elk are carved in popular. The wood duck is on juniper and the fish is in walnut. The last three are of my personal buckle that I’ve worn daily for about three years. It has a few dings and scrapes in it, but it has held up well. I’ve debated sanding it down and repainting and finishing it or leaving it as is as a testimony of how well they do wear. The side view shows the curve of the buckle and the low relief of the carving. The buckle at the thickest is about 3/8 to 7/16 inch. Just over 1 cm. The curve makes them look even thinner. The back is epoxied on. The screws are to short to really hold much other than to keep the back in position while the epoxy dries. I’ve yet to have one of the buckles break.

I do my carvings with a high speed air drill. Kind of like a dental drill except with a straight bit. The wood duck is wood burning. I sand the buckles up through 600 grit sandpaper then color them with a combination of artist oil colors and oil pencils. The finish is 5 coats of spar urethane.

I did the first one of these about 5 years ago for fun as a way to wear and show off my art. I’ve done 50 or more since then.

-- My uncle once told me he who never does anything never makes mistakes... I must do a lot...





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George Barreras

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#1 posted 1673 days ago

Very nice work, thank you for sharing us.

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woodn1

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#2 posted 1673 days ago

Thanks for showing the oil pencil work too. ..beautiful!

-- Steve- www.woodenjourney.com

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#3 posted 1673 days ago

very cool

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 1673 days ago

I like em

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 1671 days ago

The talent on this site is awesome. Very nice. Welcome aboard.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#6 posted 1671 days ago

wow, my artistic talent ends at stick figures, impressive!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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