Simple Shelf Goose

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Project by DocHamm posted 11-16-2016 08:24 PM 1262 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My one and only carving class had us making these shelf geese. A few family members saw it, liked it, and wanted one for their desks or shelves. So I carved up a bunch in different woods and gave them out with other gifts for the holidays. This one is made of Linden (Basswood) and coated with Deft clear satin. They are quick and easy to carve. I went on to carve ones from walnut, cherry, cedar, apple, butternut and a few other woods. It was an interesting learning experience trying different wood species. I can see why some are preferred over others. Some wood types are better for detail than others and for simple projects, like this one, Linden or Butternut are excellent choices. Cheers!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#1 posted 11-16-2016 09:14 PM

To funny! How it stays on? It’s obviously very well balanced.

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#2 posted 11-16-2016 11:32 PM

I really like that one; would look great on my mantle. Any chance you could add pictures of apple and butternut.

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#3 posted 11-17-2016 03:17 AM

Haven’t seen one of those in a long time!
The first ones I ever saw was shortly after coming to the U.S. (1952) in the farm house of a new found friend of my parents.

Yours look terrific!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 11-17-2016 09:55 AM

Very nice! I like carvings with clean and simple shapes very much!

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#5 posted 11-17-2016 02:12 PM

beautiful figure.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 11-17-2016 10:28 PM

I really do like this piece. Its a nice accent for this room.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#7 posted 11-17-2016 11:15 PM

Nicely carved!

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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#8 posted 11-18-2016 03:58 AM

Thanks all for the nice comments!

Yes, well balanced! It just sits there by itself but occasionally the cat will come knock it off the shelf. lol!

I’ve given most of the odd woods away but I will try to get some photos of those over the holidays when I visit family. I did do one in walnut that, while really hard wood to carve, looked really great when oiled and waxed.

The guy teaching the carving class said he saw similar ones in another country but they painted them all red. He said there was something significant about painting them red but could not remember what it was. One day I hope to find out.

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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