Log Post Carving

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Project by Bearpie posted 07-16-2010 03:26 AM 3122 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I completed 12 to 15 years ago. This was supposed to be split in half and hollowed out to fit around a steel column in my basement but the basement flooded during a terrific thunderstorm so that idea was scrapped. When we moved to Florida I gave this to my brother and he finally got around to putting it up in his living room. He cut a groove in the log and placed it over the seam where 2 walls came together at an angle in the center of the living room. I have not seen it since he put it up so I may not be describing it exactly right.

This was a very fun project for me. I was self employed as a welder and while I was waiting for a bid to come through I did this project in about 40 hours. The bid came through right after I finished this log carving. I sculpted grooves on each shell in the shape of a fan.

I wish I was still in the shape I was when this picture was taken! :-)

Enjoy looking.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 04:21 AM

nicely done

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 05:06 AM

Don’t we all!! :-(( Nice carviing :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 05:24 AM


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#4 posted 07-16-2010 08:27 AM

Yes, let’s all show pictures of us 15 years ago – Topamax, you go first.
Other than that, what a huge piece of wood to carve!


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#5 posted 07-16-2010 11:00 AM

What a carving, really nice.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 11:24 AM

I have done a bit of spiral carving, mostly on candle sticks, so I can appreciate the work you put into this one. I love the design, I haven’t seen it before and it sure stands out nicely. Great work and a great result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 12:48 PM

don’t we all wish we were younger! very interesting piece.

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#8 posted 07-16-2010 02:17 PM

Really cool, Erwin!


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#9 posted 07-16-2010 04:04 PM

That’s awesome. Did you use gouges and mallets for that?

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#10 posted 07-16-2010 06:27 PM

What a great project to ‘whip out’ while waiting on a job! Very nicely done. I’ll bet it’s the center of attention in your brother’s living room.


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#11 posted 07-17-2010 01:32 AM

That is Fricken Amazing.
I can not imagine doing that…..


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#12 posted 07-17-2010 02:14 AM

Very impressive.

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#13 posted 08-07-2010 07:01 AM

I really envy people that have the patience, and talent for carving. Nice job.

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#14 posted 12-23-2010 04:36 PM

Wow, that is a great carving. I’ll have to friend you and see what else you come up with :)

Merry Christmas

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#15 posted 03-03-2011 09:08 PM

Hey, that column is an incredible job of work. Reminds me of…I’ll try to do this quickly!...When asked to make two columns (prox 13” X 8’) that had a variable pitch barley twist I had no idea how to make my machine do it. Called in the brain trust (the good ole boy network in California) and after 2 cases of Bud nobody had a clue. I bid on the job as if I had to do it by hand…$2,500.00 ea. I got the job, taught my lathe to do, and that led to so many good things, a kinda lifestyle change, c’cause I got involved with ‘LATHE ART’ due to this job. I’ll be posting that project in the next few days, called “TWISTED SISTERS”.

You asked if there was a videO.

There is a sorta video available. I produced a video for presentaion (1994) at the AAW Ameican Association of Woodturners) symposium in Sacramento, CA., 1994. It’s available on eBay…search Hydraulic Tracing (look for my site) For the last 30 years I have been teaching people to buy an old scrap pattern makers lathe and then teach it to sing and dance! ‘Course your result may vary. Thanks very much for checking out my project, I’ve ‘reciprocated’.

Best Regards, Stephen

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