Mask of Poseidon - Yin Yang visual effects

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 1646 days ago 3318 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear fellows,

When I first read the December 2009 issue of the Lumberjocks eMag my attention was immediately drawn by the Editor’s challenge: “…the LJ members should go beyond their comfort zones and current level of abilities…” Also, I got fascinated by the theme Yin Yang: the dark and the light. Where would one be without the other?
So, I decided to enter this contest by creating a special project where the shapes are actually delineated by the contrast between light and shadow only. Thus, I chose the technique of “low-relief carving” on a light colored wood. That technique depicts a three-dimension subject as its perspective drawing on a flat ground, which requires from the carver a completely different way of viewing comparing to the sculptor’s.
Accordingly, I carved a Greek mythological mask representing Poseidon – the king of the seas, on a 1 3/8 inch thick board of Brazilian “pau marfim” (Balfourodendron riedelianum) that was affixed on a mitred-jointed panel made of true Rio-rosewood (Dalbergia nigra).
Note in the photos two different mood expressions on the mask produced by just changing the direction of the lighting on it (from the left to the right side).
I started the carving on Dec. 16, 2009 and managed to get very good use of the yearend holidays, so I got its full accomplishment just today (Jan 06, 2010).

The mask dimensions: 12” high, 9” wide
The panel dimensions: 18” high, 15” wide

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 1646 days ago

Simply stunning …...

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#3 posted 1646 days ago

Powerful! Thanks for sharing. Your work is more than art. It connects periods of history with the present.

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#4 posted 1646 days ago

Extraordinary carving. You are gifted. Keep up the fine work and all the best in the contest.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 1646 days ago


Wonderful as usual!

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#6 posted 1646 days ago

brilliant interpretation of the Awards category!!
that is why I love these events—to see the unique ways people create the same “thing”.

And the carving: Well done!! well done; well done!

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#7 posted 1646 days ago

wow, again. Your skills always astound me.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 1646 days ago

As always your creativity never ceases to amaze me.

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#9 posted 1646 days ago

exelent work , once again dilo .

and thanks for the explanation
about carving and sculpture ,

i never thought about it that way .

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 1646 days ago

I am a Sculpture wannabe. To ever accomplish this level of skill is not even a dream for me. This and your other works belong with the masters of the past. I am awed and inspired by your work. I only wish to someday learn the craft at an entry level. I can only say thank you for exposing us to your wonderful work. I for one am grateful.

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

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#12 posted 1646 days ago

I agree with you, Mike—belonging with the “masters of the past”. Absolutely!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 1646 days ago

Exquisite as always. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

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#14 posted 1646 days ago

Thank you for sharing you rtalent with us. Inspiring as always!

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#15 posted 1646 days ago

amazing work just super

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