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Project by Bob Collins posted 12-30-2009 10:00 AM 1236 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been asked to carve the four Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Ariel. They are to be 3 foot high and full bodies statues. Project also included turned stands for each with vines and leaves. Never being shy of trying something new I carved this 1 foot high model as a confidence booster and to show i could produce. All I have to do now is track down suitable pieces of wood large enough for the project.

This is the foot high model, finished with wood dyes and clear Estapol.

Late addition.
The client wanted the carvings in Camphor Laurel, I found this blank that is 6 foot x 4 1/2 foot and 3 inches thick and would cost over Aus$300.00, we are now looking for a cheaper alternative. I am curently working on a larger version, carving in layers that would be glued and pegged together.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 12:33 PM

quite the undertaking!
You’ve done a great job on this guy.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 03:13 PM

That’s very nice indeed!

-- Tony

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#3 posted 12-30-2009 03:22 PM

Wow. 3 foot high!. Your model turned out great so good luck on the 3 footer’s. What kind of wood do you plan on carving them from? Hope you will keep us posted on your progress.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#4 posted 12-30-2009 04:53 PM

Nice work Bob. Can’t you just do glue-up for the larger pieces?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-30-2009 05:19 PM

Very intense piece, love the detail. I take it he is holding the “flaming sword?” Just as an observation in aesthetics, you might want to consider making the flames go up to the hilt. Please don’t take it as a criticism, your carving is beautiful, but the flaming sword concept might be misconstrued as blood on the sword which puts the piece in an entirely different context.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Vicki

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#6 posted 12-30-2009 07:15 PM

Hi Bob,
That is a great job of carving and painting. The statue looks antique, like an old religious treasure. That is a compliment. I don’t know if you intended that look or not, but it makes it all the better looking in my opinion. I agree with David about the sword, because when I viewed it I wasn’t sure what was on the end until I read his post. Maybe it’s just the photo though. I can’t wait to see all 4!
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 12-30-2009 11:06 PM

a one of a kind most unique carving

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Bob Collins

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 12:51 AM

Thanks for the comments. Replies: Huff. They wanted Camphor Laurel and I have added picture above of a slab, far to expensive for what they want. Mike. I doing a larger version now in layers which will be glued and pinned together, will add photos later. David. Yes, it is the flaming sword and will take your advice and do the full blade as flame, believe he was ordered to kill the first born child of families.
Vicki. Quite unintentional, I rushed this one (finished in a day) and didn’t sand before coloring but your right does look old, makes me feel better now as I wasn’t real happy with it. Flame not blood on this one, poor coloring. Thanks again for all the coments and advice.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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BTKS

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#9 posted 01-01-2010 01:25 AM

VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Cathy Krumrei

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#10 posted 01-05-2010 05:09 PM

Your amazing Bob! Can turn and carve too! Can’t wait to see the rest of them! Keep up the great work..in whatever you do!
Krum

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#11 posted 01-05-2010 11:13 PM

Thanks BTKS and Krum, Have the four bigger ones done in the rough and will post when finished. These are approx two foot tall. Hey Krum I had a great mentor sending me lessons remember.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 10:03 PM

I am looking forward to seeing them Bob. I love carvings with religious or mythological themes. I am rather anxious to see how you translate the characters of these four into 3-d form. Thank you for sharing them.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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stefang

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 10:33 PM

Bob, I have been admiring your work for some time now, and I especially like the scroll sawed and painted pieces among all the other beautiful stuff you make. I wondered what kind paint and/or technique you use to give that special look that seems to be one of your trademarks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bob Collins

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#14 posted 01-09-2010 10:53 AM

David, I have just added a project of the progress of carving St Michael, we have settled for a two foot version. Still need final touch up and sanding before coloring but hope you can see what I have done.
Will post the rough carving of the four Archangels later tonight.

Mike, I could spin a great line of bullshit about technigues etc but honest truth it is just luck that things turn out like they do. For coloring I use wood dyes, doing one color at a time, if using yellow, do the main part and then the dye can be darkened or lightened for shadow or light. I do dab any excess dye off with a clean cloth. Thanks for the nice comments, will be posting the rough of the other archangels later tonite. Like to be able to expain better, so please ask.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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