Wrinkled Santa

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Project by mpounders posted 07-08-2010 04:27 PM 2302 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first started carving, I couldn’t figure out why some carvers focused exclusively on Santa figures. I eventually tried some and they are really fun to carve. I’m not sure what the attraction is, but I just enjoy doing them and find it somewhat of a break from other carvings. I ve been experimenting with some different techniques to improve my carvings and the wrinkles seem to add a bit to this piece. The color of basswood requires only a few diluted washes of acrylic paint to get a very realistic skin tone. This piece is about 5” tall and will be used as a tree ornament. Thanks for looking

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 04:34 PM

Really Neat!!

Always envied folks who can turn a plain block of material into life like studies.

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice! That’s me in a few years. The face, not the carving talent.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 05:17 PM

Amazing details… this thing’s really got a personality.

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

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 05:38 PM

Looks like this Santa didn’t know when to pass on the reins to a new generation? Beautiful job there, I know what the attraction to carving Santas are as I too carve them but my skill is nowhere near yours. The attraction is that you can make him look like whatever you want and nobody will criticize! That’s why you see so many different looking ones out there, also there are many different cultures that have a different look to him and so he is universally accepted. Carvers can carve him serious, comical, whimsical, you name it, it’s been carved! My wife and I have a huge collection of Santas that used to number over 1,000 but we have scaled back to around 500 now. TOO MUCH WORK putting them all out every Christmas so we have scaled down and put out only selected ones and change them every year. None in our collection are duplicates, similar yes, and we do have favorites.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 05:47 PM

VERY nice… That just looks like it was fun to do… And adding home made / shop made ornaments means you have something to pass down to the next generation that has some extra special value…

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 08:32 PM

Amazing detail. I really like the eyes and nose. It really makes the character.

-- RayCurtis

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 09:22 PM

Fantastic detail well done.

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 01:39 AM

WOW!!!!!!! Great details…..

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 03:46 AM

Wrinkles and ALL….wow…just amazing how much expression you captured on his face! I’m about to delve into my 1st 3-D carving this weekend, which will be a challenge for me because I always do relief carvings. I have to say, Mike….looking at your 3-D carvings posted on here over the past week or so are inspiring to me. Now I’m excited for Saturday to get started with mine! Beautiful work…thanks for sharing : )

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

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#10 posted 07-09-2010 05:47 AM

Awesome Santa and great work, thanks for sharing.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#11 posted 07-09-2010 11:21 AM

another great piece of work. It certainly gives me a an idea what to do with all that wood I kept from an old Birch tree.

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 07-22-2010 01:17 AM

very nice and good expression

-- Bug from Minnesota. Creating Designer Firewood Since 2006

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#13 posted 12-20-2010 02:12 AM

You are really good at carving, Mike. Lot of neat and interesting and unique projects.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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