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Project by Heidi Neely posted 1583 days ago 1986 views 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try something a little different with the finish on this one, so I think some people are going to love it and others will hate it. All of my carvings so far have been stained all one color, so I thought I’d try to use the stain kind of like paint this time. I used different shades to help bring out the different elements and make it look almost like a picture. I mixed stain (in Cherry and Walnut) with poly to get the variation in shade….so all the colors you see on this came from only those 2 stain colors. The poly gives it the shine, because without it I think alot of the detail in the carving gets lost.

Anyway, any feedback positive or negative is welcome and appreciated. I’ve only been carving for a little over a year now, and the only way I feel I’m going to improve (besides the improvement that comes with experience) is to go by the feedback from you guys.

Thanks for looking! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”





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michelletwo

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#1 posted 1583 days ago

I’m a sucker for anything canine…can’t carve a lick myself, so I think it looks complicated and well done!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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woodworm

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#2 posted 1583 days ago

Nice carving work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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JimArnoldChess

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#3 posted 1583 days ago

looks great!

The borders and tree are excellent, I do know how much time it takes to do relief work like that, the different staining helps to bring out the different elements of the piece too.

Beautiful carving!

Thanks,

Jim

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 1583 days ago

If only I were half as skilled ! Great job and I think the staining brings out the individual carvings perfectly : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Eric_S

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#5 posted 1583 days ago

Nice carving. I like the different stains as well. Just like Dusty said, the different stains I think make parts of the carving stand out.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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ackychris

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#6 posted 1582 days ago

Wow, that is sweet! I can’t carve a dang thing, so I’m doubly impressed. I also really like the different stains—it really makes this piece pop. To be honest, I rarely click on carvings because I don’t know enough about it to learn from them, but I coudn’t resist checking this one out. Very, very cool.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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Cozmo35

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#7 posted 1582 days ago

I have always wanted to learn to carve. This is a very nice piece! Thanks for posting it!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Heidi Neely

550 posts in 1777 days


#8 posted 1582 days ago

Thank you to all for the kind remarks. It’s kind of goofy, but for some reason I always feel a little nervous to check back and see the comments after I post. I don’t know why, because everyone is normally so nice! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 1582 days ago

I really like all the details you put into this.

(By the way, we are even more nice to the ladies around here because we are for the most part a bunch of slobbering old married guys well-versed in the art of kissing up to the opposite sex. So you REALLY have nothing to worry about when you come back to read the comments.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Heidi Neely

550 posts in 1777 days


#10 posted 1582 days ago

Kissing up to the ladies is GOOD Charlie, (we absolutely love it…there’s no doubt about it, lol!). But I also don’t want to see “Great job…BEAUTIFUL carving!” if the viewer really doesn’t feel it’s that great ONLY because I’m a woman. I don’t want any pats on the back that I don’t deserve is all I’m saying, so I just hope for honesty.

Now that I’ve said that, I hope I didn’t just invite someone to rip into me! HAHAHA!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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GMman

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#11 posted 1582 days ago

Great great job you do very nice work.
I am not saying that because you’re a girl, the work is nice and I love it and I like seeing the work that girls do too.
Sorry if I use great!!

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Pdub

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#12 posted 1582 days ago

I thought the carving looked good when you first posted it, but the different color really makes it complete. It really brings out the detail.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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surfin2

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#13 posted 1582 days ago

Very nice detail, great job…

-- Rick

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Kent Shepherd

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#14 posted 1582 days ago

Very impressive!

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Bob Collins

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#15 posted 1582 days ago

My comments on your first post stay and it is good to see you experimenting with different colored stains and this has made it a complete finished project. No need to be nervous about reading comments here, even as Charlie above says us old married guys do a bit of kissing and sucking up to the ladies but the majority of comments as mine are on your ability as a carver. I have incorporated paints and wood dyes into some of my carvings, maybe you could try that later on.

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

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