Newport Shell Carving

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Project by John Fleming posted 06-02-2010 07:51 AM 3464 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last project for my first semester in Carving a Palomar College.

I had no previous experience with carving and really thought will this be impossible. I did not have any background in art or drawing. So how in the world did I carve anything like this?

I posted this so everyone can see that good teaching and personal persistance can help you accomplish anything. I see projects on LJ all the time that just amaze me.,, and I have to remind myself all is possible.

The second picture shows our blank with the pattern we use to guide us. The major area I had a problem with was the large rays, I just could not get them to be round or look at all like they should. My instructor just kept saying you have to not be afraid to carve take away the wood and then make it look pretty.

The fine detail part just clicked for me I understood what to do by watching the insrtructor do the demo. So each person has to discover how it works or what to do next in carving. I have to say it is as close to the wood as you will ever get. The wood does speak to you by the way it reacts to the chisel.

I had a great deal of fun. This newport shell is certainly not perfect and is missing some key elemnets but I ran out of time and just wanted it finished.

The Planeman
Woodworker in Training

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 07:52 AM

Gorgeous piece of carving.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 08:10 AM

john thats a great carving; my teacher told me recently after i was done with my carving project. yeah that looks preaty good,tuck it away and carve this same project a year from now, and see how much better of a carver you’ve become. so here’s the same advise and tuck it away till next year

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 08:35 AM

Great carving – you mean there’s a college for it?! Wish I had’ve gone. Keep it up.


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#4 posted 06-02-2010 02:53 PM

I hear ya Jordan,
I would have loved not taking a few of the hard knocks I took along the way.
Great carving for your first try, I have my first carving and I look back at it and think “wow I could have done better” but I will not go back and mess with it. I can see where it all started and where I am today.
I think there is improvement in my work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 05:32 PM

Nice nice work John

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 06:35 PM

That’s really a great piece, and your gift of this art form came from God, you’ve been blessed with it. Patience is the key to this work, keep at it, you will be more proud of it as it comes to the end. Check out this page of my work, it won’t seem so big and difficult, as what I had to go through. I think you’ll enjoy this.
I wish you the best in your future carving.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 01:33 AM

Looks good to me. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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