Carved Name Plaque

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Project by chrisstef posted 01-01-2017 10:45 PM 1218 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A very good friend and his wife welcomed a baby girl into this world the Tuesday before Christmas. This plaque is hand carved in sapele and finished with shellac and satin arm r seal. A little gift for Miss Ava’s new room.

It was also my first time carving anything aside from letters. Mary May’s youtube video guided me through the process of carving a simple flower and i had a lot of fun with it. Enough so that im going to expand my carving chisel collection and try some other relief carvings.

Thanks for checkin it out.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 10:48 PM

Wow. That’s great.

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 11:04 PM

Yea, Don’s right Stef, great work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 11:07 PM

Fine work, Stef. Fine indeed.

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 11:51 PM

That’s impressive, Stef! No way I could do that. No. Way. Definitely makes a great gift that will be appreciated a very long time. Well done.

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 01:24 AM

Very well done, stef. The avatar must be giving you a performance boost. :-)

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 01-02-2017 02:57 AM

Great outcome Stef! Seven petals? How difficult was that to lay out?

Haha at avatar.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 01-02-2017 03:02 AM

Its the bane of my existance jayt.

Duck – i actually printed out a copy of the flower, cut and traced the perimeter then freehanded the petals. No issues to speak of.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 01-02-2017 05:17 AM

Looks great! One thing I have never tried, and doubt I ever will, to do carving. I admire those that can.

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#9 posted 01-02-2017 01:13 PM

Nice carving. the detail in the lettering is awesome

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#10 posted 01-02-2017 01:18 PM

Thanks bandito, thanks tooch!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#11 posted 01-02-2017 01:23 PM

Great carving!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#12 posted 01-02-2017 03:25 PM

Nice! Frankly, I’m much more impressed with the letters than with the flower – uniformity doesn’t really leave any place to hide mistakes.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#13 posted 01-02-2017 03:37 PM

This is such a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 01-03-2017 03:24 AM

The sapele looks like it carves well. Nice hand work stef.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#15 posted 01-03-2017 03:05 PM

Impressive work bud! Very cool gift too.

-- ~Tony

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