"Two Still Hearts"

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Project by Justin Gordon posted 11-08-2017 02:48 PM 1571 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This carving was made for a fundraiser with the theme “Nature’s Wisdom”. I got the log piece 15 years ago at an Arbor Day event here in Mass where I spotted a guy carrying one of these across a field. I saw where he came from and ran to the guys on that tree. I saw the same shape of the heart and cut off three inches which was the last of the log with this shape. It was just as shown; hollow, the heart shape, and colorful.

I made the little man in an elfin style and I thought resting within this heart would be a peaceful and calming presentation. I struggled with whether to paint him or not since the wood colors all matched. After much debate it was decided to paint him in these colors. That wasn’t all, though. Just the paint job alone did not show all the fine details like the eye lids closed and the clothes wrinkles. An antiquing was needed to highlight the details so I used a dark wax. It filled in all the wrinkles with a shadow and the eye lids became visible. It was done.

I brought it to the fund raiser and it didn’t sell. Yet another carving with good intentions in a box, in the stash of similar boxes with similar intentions.


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#1 posted 11-08-2017 03:06 PM

Amazing piece of wood… and perfect character carving for inside. Very impressive…. and it makes me smile.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 11-08-2017 04:16 PM

The carving goes with the wood slab very nicely! A good example of holding on to a piece until the time is right…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-08-2017 04:50 PM

Again another wonderful masterpiece.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 11-08-2017 04:58 PM

Wonderful carving! And a nice use of the trunk piece. I like the carving and the paint job, both nicely done. Not sure why it didn’t sell!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#5 posted 11-08-2017 06:00 PM

Beautiful work Justin!

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#6 posted 11-08-2017 06:25 PM

Justin, this is a fabulous piece. It has so much character and is beautifully done. It shows a lot of creative spirit and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 11-08-2017 06:58 PM

it is beautiful, really well done. Etsy, it’ll go and I would not be shy on the price, its very nice!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#8 posted 11-08-2017 07:38 PM

So Nice!!!

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#9 posted 11-08-2017 07:49 PM

Outstanding carving, love the sentiment too!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 11-08-2017 08:15 PM

Wow great job a lot of details.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 11-08-2017 11:58 PM

Great vision and great details!



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#12 posted 11-09-2017 01:05 AM

Wow ! that is art.

-- andrek

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#13 posted 11-09-2017 01:40 AM

Absolutely wonderful. Everything about it is just delightful. I envy your artistry.

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#14 posted 11-09-2017 02:40 AM


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#15 posted 11-09-2017 02:58 AM

Another number one, such detail and color. beautiful.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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