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Project by tyskkvinna posted 1558 days ago 3554 views 19 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a pretty epic piece of work. :-)

I came up with the image for it by hand.. lots of fussing around in Photoshop. Converted it into a 3d model based on the relief pattern and then spent way too much time in VisualMILL getting everything working “just right”. Felt like it took almost as much time to simulate as it did to make. ;)

The wood is a piece of rock maple. I picked it because it was kind of an awkward shape/size and I wasn’t sure what I could DO with it. Then when I had this idea of carving earth, it just made sense. I feel that the natural edges really work with it. I did not get any photos of it but the top and bottom sides even have a bit of bark on them.

It is about 8.5×18x1” – the thinnest part is .5”

Took over 10 hours to cut… o_O

I then stained it three times. A wash of a light “Colonial Maple” which is my go-to base colour. Then I made a custom mix of blue + “natural pine” and washed it over the oceans and peeled it back. I purposefully mixed water based stain in with the oil based stain so that the blue particles kind of floated. I then went over the entire thing with “English Chestnut”. It’s VERY subtle but you can see hints of the blue in the seas, especially in the crevasses. I was aiming for subtle leaning towards invisible.

What’s wild is much of it looks pretty flat but if you run your fingertips over it you can clearly feel the variation.

I didn’t have anything in mind when I made it… I’m putting it up over at Etsy, I’ll be kind of surprised if it makes it through the day without being purchased. :)

I’m thinking of doing this again.. but bigger! Somebody suggested to me to try doing it with a high-quality plywood. I think it could be neat.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt





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jpaulson344

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#1 posted 1558 days ago

Your first line explains my reaction.
purely amazing carving.

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Moron

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#2 posted 1558 days ago

Looks really nice…..........Art.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#3 posted 1557 days ago

Love it. Did you use one of those computer-run carving machines?

-- Leroy

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Justin

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#4 posted 1557 days ago

Amazing job done on the carving

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1557 days ago

10 hours!!? You must have CNCed it? Nice work. Lets us know when you put it up on Etsy.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 1557 days ago

Forgot to mention I have wanted to carve teh earth or a globe, but it isn’t a high enough proirity to get to it in the next 30 yrs :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 1557 days ago

sorry I thought I was pretty clear that it was CNC. :) (Why else would I need it as a 3d model? lol.)

I put it up on Etsy yesterday and somebody already bought it..! I have a lot of interest in this particular design so I think I’m going to end up making more. woo!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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tyskkvinna

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#8 posted 1557 days ago

Thank you all for the great comments :) I’m really proud of this piece!

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1557 days ago

That was guick!! Mind if we ask what teh seling price was? Should have been a good one!! :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tyskkvinna

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#10 posted 1557 days ago

Yeah I was surprised! Usually when I put something up on Etsy it’s there for a few weeks before somebody decides to buy it.

It sold for $120.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 1557 days ago

I would have guess 200+, but that’s still pretty good.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tyskkvinna

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#12 posted 1557 days ago

You know I hee-hawed on the price quite a few times before deciding to put it up for sale. I’ve done a couple other larger, expensive pieces and they have not yet sold…. So I went a little lower and hey, it sold right away. Unfortunately it’s hard to tell if it was the piece or the price, yknow? Such is the balance of selling artwork.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 1557 days ago

Just depends on who sees it:-)) In this economy, everything is hard to sell.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 1557 days ago

I was just thinking if I ever get around to carving my earth, either flat or round, it would be hard for me to part with it :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 1557 days ago

Beautiful.

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

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