caleb sea capt

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Project by wizzardofwood posted 07-24-2010 02:50 PM 2337 views 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Caleb was a 1600 lb log of river birch commissioned for a ret USN capt
the was mostly hand carved with mallet and chisel the tree was just cut prior to carving and very wet
It was treated to prevent checking with an age old secret that has worked for years for me and the person who shared it with me
it took about 1 week of 12 hr days to carve and 5 big men to move .lol
sealed with an outdoor epoxy to protect from weather and sun and shipped to its new home\

hope you enjoy

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 03:01 PM

You two have an amazing resemblence – you don’t have a peg leg behind that, do you?
I find I can get a lot of moisture out of wood using a Microwave on a low setting. – but I don’t think that piece would have fit. Oh, and I have my own microwave just because my wife didn’t like the smoke flavored food coming out of there if I forgot to set the cooking power to low.
Great job!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 03:02 PM

Nice work! It looks great I am sure he was happy!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 03:19 PM

The old guy sure does look familiar! :-)

Great work!

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

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 03:23 PM

I am staggered. I truly know my artistic limitations—and your abilities are tremendous!

Thanks for sharing this piece


-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 03:45 PM

That’s huge! Another great project, amazing to see…..............

Why is the treatment, secret? :(

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 03:52 PM

because its gonna be released in my new book lol

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 04:09 PM

Cool! That should be good…................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 07-24-2010 04:14 PM

Excellent work and a beautiful piece. I agree…it does look like you. Did you put on a sweater and coat and stand in front of a mirror to carve it?

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 04:19 PM

SHHHHHHHHHHHHH lol cats outta the bag

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#10 posted 07-24-2010 04:23 PM

Large carvings is somthing I need to try, your work inspires me.
Very well done in deed!

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#11 posted 07-24-2010 04:28 PM

“A Tip of the Hat” to you sir. Very well done !

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#12 posted 07-24-2010 05:12 PM

Its just amazing what some people can find hidden in a chunk of wood. You can find a sea captain, most of us find toothpicks and sawdust. Great find this time.


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#13 posted 07-24-2010 05:43 PM

Great work, and damn if it doesn’t look like you. Your a very talented man.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 07-24-2010 06:18 PM

A self portrait if ever…!

I’m truly amazed!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#15 posted 07-24-2010 06:28 PM

You are certainly doing your job! I am amazed.

-- Eclectic wood, wire, stone and bead lover

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