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Half-scale replica of Carlos Mata War Horse

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Project by AllanK posted 10-30-2017 05:27 PM 2466 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After the Carlos Mata bull replica (previous project), which my wife gave to her brother, I started on this horse. It, too, is cut from a single slab of 2-1/2” thick walnut, no joins anywhere, about 3 feet high (the original was about 6’ high – last photo), and the torso cutout was used for the base. I was going to use the cutout in its original shape, but my wife decided she wanted it rectangular. I had to go out and buy a riffler file to do some of the detail work, especially around the shoulders.

Sanded from 150 (orbital sander)-220-320-400 grit. Walnut dust is really fine, and stunk up the whole house!

It’s finished with 2 coats of Watco Natural Danish Oil – she likes it matte – but I may wax it to give it a bit of a sheen once the oil hardens completely. Also, I didn’t add an eye – I kinda liked it without, but I may end up putting one in.

I think I’m done carving – it came out nice, but it was a long time coming.

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 10-30-2017 06:38 PM

This is a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 10-30-2017 07:56 PM

Wow very nice.
Looks like a lot of hard work.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 10-30-2017 08:00 PM

excellent, very nice work!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#4 posted 10-30-2017 08:04 PM

Beautiful work.

-- May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung . . .

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htl

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#5 posted 10-30-2017 09:15 PM

That’s one strange looking horse, but I think I like it the more I look at it.

By the time I come back here looking at it I’ll be loving it.

I think he wants something to eat he looks hungery.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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irtamos

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#6 posted 10-30-2017 09:29 PM

Well done!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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hoss12992

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#7 posted 10-31-2017 05:27 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#8 posted 10-31-2017 10:04 AM

Really nice – looks like it was worth the wait.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#9 posted 10-31-2017 12:17 PM

Nice !

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#10 posted 10-31-2017 01:31 PM

That’s amazing carving Allen hard to believe it was one block of wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-31-2017 03:07 PM

Beautiful work. The solid walnut gives it a richness the piece deserves. I agree with the need for at least a little bit of “shine”.

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Don Johnson

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#12 posted 10-31-2017 03:53 PM

If that last picture is the original – I like yours more!

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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#13 posted 11-01-2017 12:08 AM

I like the dimensions on yours better, its a bit leaner and better suited for the size you built.

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AllanK

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#14 posted 11-01-2017 01:40 AM

Thanks, all! I’m a bit overwhelmed by the unexpected praise. I just hope my wife also likes it – she gets back from a trip on Thursday.

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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muesli

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#15 posted 11-01-2017 11:34 AM

Of course, you can call this and your last project a replica. But in my eyes, these are wonderful sculptures on their own. Fantastic work!

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