"The Illustrated Man" cane

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Project by mpounders posted 07-05-2010 04:44 AM 3646 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my favorite books when I was in high school was “The Illustrated Man”, a collection of science-fiction short stories by Ray Bradbury. I loved the book, but the cover showed a bald tattooed man from the back, sitting in a lotus position. His tattoos would come to life at night, illustrating various stories and …. the future! So I have admired tatoos for sometime and even aquired one as a souvenir of my Navy career. I have been wanting to carve something like this for a while, inspired by the book, Maori tribal tattoos, and various woad designs. Not sure if he is a wizard or an old warrior, but he has a certain air about him (my wife says he is a little too realistic for her to look at very long). I did some turning on the spacer and the shaft is bamboo that has been heat-tempered. Comments and crtitques welcomed!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 04:48 AM

excellent fine detail … do you use magnification when you work this small? what methods do you use when carving?

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#2 posted 07-05-2010 04:53 AM

I have a headpiece that I use sometimes, it let’s me see well when I hold a piece farther away ( about 6X and works well when I hold stuff about 15” away). But a lot of times, I just push my glasses up on my forehead and hold it up closer to my eyes! (I’m pretty near-sighted).

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 05:04 AM

You are scary good at carving skills like this should be applauded


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#4 posted 07-05-2010 06:07 AM

I really like your carving. Very nice…You have put a lot of expression in the face.

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 06:44 AM

WOW fantastic work Mike. I don’t think I would want him standing in the corner looking at me but you did a great job.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 08:25 AM

I would have to agree with your wife. It’s good but …....

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 08:34 AM

It is a little creepy, that’s what makes it so impressive.

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 10:29 AM

Your carvings are so detailed being that small, great work.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 07-05-2010 12:56 PM

Great job, you have definitely brought the old man to life.

-- F.Little

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#10 posted 07-05-2010 02:16 PM

Wow, that is one realistic and eerie carving. Whoever carries this cane will be noticed for sure.

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#11 posted 07-05-2010 03:38 PM

Great job on that cane. I was scared just looking at it! Oh no where is my blankie! good job.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 07-05-2010 03:46 PM

I like it , but my wife is firmly in your wifes camp .

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#13 posted 07-05-2010 06:27 PM

Have you caught him walking around at night YET? I’d think he would be joined by his pal the snake (good thing you didn’t carve a rattler!) That is scary, scary good!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 07-05-2010 06:29 PM

to cool

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#15 posted 07-05-2010 06:40 PM

Amazing! The cane complements the handle very well.

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