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My wife likes flamingos so, flamingos it is.

Its not much, may add some palm trees, don’t know. For my first try at real carving, its ok. I figured that to be well rounded, carving should be in the mix somewhere – because it can add a lot to a finished piece.

Thanks for looking.

-- David in Damascus, MD





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ptofimpact

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#1 posted 11-30-2016 12:53 PM

Very nice, I have a better half who loves the Flamingos and Palm Trees, she did a beautiful Flamingo Stained Glass pieceback in the day.
I am guessu=ing thats Basswood??

-- Pete in NC

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dbray45

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#2 posted 11-30-2016 12:57 PM

Poplar – don’t have basswood

-- David in Damascus, MD

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dbray45

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#3 posted 11-30-2016 12:58 PM

If nothing else, carving teaches you what sharp really means

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Jeremymcon

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#4 posted 11-30-2016 01:57 PM

Very nice. Carving is on my list of things to learn also. Not sure I’d be good at it though. What gouges did you purchase? The cost of gouges has been the main thing stopping me from trying it. The gouges that I trust to be good are really pricey.

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dalepage

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#5 posted 11-30-2016 02:48 PM

Fine job. I envision a cabinet with carved animals on the door panels.

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snowgoer

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#6 posted 11-30-2016 04:29 PM

If that is your first try, We will see some beautiful work down the road. Stay with it.

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ClaudeF

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#7 posted 11-30-2016 04:34 PM

Very nice work for a first carving (or even a 10th carving!)... In my opinion, best place to get basswood is at http://www.heineckewood.com/ Most of the carvers I know buy their wood from here; I do.

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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dbray45

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#8 posted 11-30-2016 04:54 PM

Many thanks, will look into it

-- David in Damascus, MD

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dbray45

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#9 posted 11-30-2016 05:02 PM

I use pfeil chisels mostly. They are pricey, many have been bought over the years for other reasons, mostly cabinetry, trim and molding work. I use them for cleaning up edges, joints, in moldings – things like that. I have wanting to do some of this stuff for years but didn’t get to it. Same thing for marquetry, will do that in a couple of years when I have more space.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 11-30-2016 07:16 PM

Outstanding – very authentic and detailed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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mafe

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#11 posted 11-30-2016 11:56 PM

That’s impressive.
Really nice work.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dark_Lightning

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#12 posted 12-01-2016 04:00 AM

Nice! I’m sure that you see every flaw, but from here, it looks good. It’s funny, everything I carve, people like. I don’t tell them where the flaws are, any more. I’ve bought many Pfeil carving tools over the last 12 years, They are really good. Henry Taylor is also good, and have sizes in between the Pfeil tools. I’m only referring to the palm tools, here.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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dbray45

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#13 posted 12-01-2016 12:29 PM

Many Thanks Mads – You were the one that got thinking in doing some of this with your swans in the saw a while ago.

D_L – Its funny how that works. I see a lot of imperfections that I will either fix or not, still have to add a couple of palm trees in there some where. I will practice on a different piece of wood to see how it is going to look so I don’t screw this up. As a note, on one of the feet, it looks really big – its a stupid wood chip. The foot looks better.

I bought most of these chisels to fix moldings and the like, and plan to make claw and ball feet, maybe furniture repair at some time. Learning to carve as the job dictates, is not a bad thing. Done some veneering repair and making my own banding as well. There are so many aspects to woodworking and furniture making that require at least a basic understanding – it makes it, to me, very interesting and a lot of fun. There really are no limits.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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dbray45

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#14 posted 12-01-2016 12:39 PM

For all of the new people on LJs, if you start looking at some of the projects that others have posted, many people are very detailed in how and what they do (Mafe is one of them). I normally do not post everything and the step by step processes because of my time constraints. Right now in wood working, I have around 10 different projects in motion, some have been on the table for quite a while, some newer. I will get them done as their priority gets escalated.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#15 posted 12-01-2016 08:54 PM

Big smile thanks, have to say you have more carving talent than me. ;-)

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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