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Project by Heidi Neely posted 1537 days ago 2370 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a carving done in Maple that I finished up over the weekend. I wanted to make something for my mom for her birthday, and I had an idea of what I wanted, but turned to the internet for some inspirational pictures. As you can see from pic #3….I ended up coming up with my own design by using some of the ideas I got online.

It’s also my 1st attempt at doing an inlay. I inlaid the design on the tree goddess in poplar wood…...I liked the contrast that the green color adds. It’s a bit unrefined, but as I said, it was my first…so I know my next inlay will be better.

As far as finish, I wanted this to have a rustic/folk art kind of feel. I tried to apply a color “wash” over it and then wipe it off to allow the color to stay around the edges of the design. The 1st time I put it on it started to dry faster then I could wipe it off, and also was lighter then I hoped….so I applied another coat, and then had to allow it dry time, then sand off the excess. I followed that up with several coats of a spray on clear finish in a satin sheen. It turned out alright in the end. Not exactly what I pictured, but close. It’s definately different then any of my other finishes I’ve done.

As always, comments….positive or negative are welcome…..and thank you for looking! : )

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

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#1 posted 1537 days ago

Beautiful carving, your mom will feel very blessed with the gift for sure. Nice design and flow to the piece. Maple is a difficult wood to stain, especially if you are trying to use the technique you described. When I finish Maple, I practically dunk the pieces in wood conditioner repeatedly to try and keep absorption to a minimum when staining. I could be mistaken, but I think the poplar is an overlay and not an inlay. It is well executed and I think you made a very charming piece.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#2 posted 1537 days ago

Unique carving well done

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#3 posted 1537 days ago

Nice details on this piece, ONE question, did your mom like the gift?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 1537 days ago

This is a work of art. Unique. I’m sure your mother will treasure it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 1537 days ago

there not much I can say but o my god it it beautifully and if your mom doesn’t like I do

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#6 posted 1537 days ago

Lovely piece, and I love the concept. It looks like a combination of a goddess and a celtic tree of life. Love the detail, and the way you made the top of the base look like a woman also. Great job and keep up the good work :)

-- Steve

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#7 posted 1537 days ago

That turned out fantastic. I love the way you adapted the different designs into your own.

Very nice design too. Very pleasant and balanced and meaningful.

Well done…................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 1537 days ago

As always beautiful carving. Thanks for posting

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#9 posted 1537 days ago

Awesome. I am sure mom will be happy with this treasure.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#10 posted 1537 days ago

Beautiful !!!!! superb design and carving ! I agree with Steve, it reminds me also of a godess and the celtic tree of life…...

Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 1537 days ago

A very nice piece of art. Wonderful job on the carving.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#12 posted 1537 days ago

Nice carving, you seem to be getting better with every project. Love the finish regardless of the problems you had.

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

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#13 posted 1537 days ago

your talent is amazing

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#14 posted 1537 days ago

I think you really improved on that original design – real nice eye you’ve got there. Keep them coming!

-- Damon, Right Angle Construction

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#15 posted 1537 days ago

I think it is wonderful..whimsical, fun, interesting & different..Mom will be happy!

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

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