LumberJocks

"Two Still Hearts"

  • Advertise with us
Project by Justin Gordon posted 11-08-2017 02:48 PM 1671 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.

-- Justin@ElwinDesigns.com





23 comments so far

View swirt's profile

swirt

3304 posts in 3145 days


#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, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

View sras's profile

sras

4919 posts in 3303 days


#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

View PaulDoug's profile

PaulDoug

1613 posts in 1877 days


#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

View mpounders's profile

mpounders

894 posts in 3069 days


#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, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

View waho6o9's profile

waho6o9

8481 posts in 2750 days


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

Beautiful work Justin!

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

32087 posts in 3040 days


#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
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

View jim65's profile

jim65

1008 posts in 2107 days


#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

View htl's profile

htl

4197 posts in 1333 days


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

Wow!!!
So Nice!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

View oldnovice's profile

oldnovice

7269 posts in 3541 days


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

Outstanding carving, love the sentiment too!

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

View Ken90712's profile

Ken90712

17592 posts in 3362 days


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

Wow great job a lot of details.

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

View ClaudeF's profile

ClaudeF

797 posts in 1881 days


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

Great vision and great details!

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

View Andrek's profile

Andrek

428 posts in 2083 days


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

Wow ! that is art.

-- andrek

View BurlyBob's profile

BurlyBob

5936 posts in 2439 days


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

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

View hoss12992's profile

hoss12992

4072 posts in 2066 days


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

Outstanding

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

View bushmaster's profile

bushmaster

3268 posts in 2456 days


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

Another number one, such detail and color. beautiful.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com