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Project by TJ65 posted 07-27-2010 08:51 AM 1461 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to try my hand at carving a handle for a box. The carving worked really quite well and I am really very pleased with it. But it never made it to the box, as in the end it really didn’t suit the box at all! Now it looks as tho I will have to make another box just to suit the handle!! Oh well, something else for me do do in the workshop!!!

As I said it was initially made as a handle, so the whole thing had to be pretty substantial as it would get used. To get the pattern I literally went up to the local park and went scouting for the right leaf.Thankfully there are several trees to choose from, even so it took a little time to find the right one. I had intended to show you the leaves that I copied it from, but as i worked and handled them they dried out and became fragile and … well to say the least – they’ve had it!!!!!! So I thought for all those unfamiliar with out Flowering Eucalypts I included a picture of something similar.
The last photo is to give you an idea of the handle idea. If that idea doesn’t work I suppose I could change thought pattern and put a pin on the back and use it as a brooch or something as it is less that 10cm. (I haven’t measured it )

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 07-27-2010 09:06 AM

Well that is a spectacular carving, and a excellent excuse for another box build. I like to have a reason for my pieces, it gives it more of a purpose than just building something. I always think of that commercial where those people contract a Architect to build a house using a faucet as the inspiration. Anyways, a great piece and a great idea.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 07-27-2010 09:11 AM

Nice piece of carving Theresa, will look great on another box.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Alexey Khasyanov

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 11:08 AM

i like this. excellent comprehensive work. RESPECT

-- Rev 22:21

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 12:00 PM

Carving always amazes me, Theresa. You did a beautiful job! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 02:31 PM

well lets face it your having way too much fun…..........looks great

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

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 02:49 PM

Really beautiful carving, Theresa!

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

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 05:45 PM

I’m sorry but it looks like something Geiger would make, like fangs, wings, gnarly! But wayy coolll!!! I love it. Believe me that is not an insult, Geiger is the artist that came up with the monster in all the Alien series movies. He is quite an artist, and so are you.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 07-27-2010 05:54 PM

Don’t see the Aliens, but I do see flowers and leaves.
Nice carving,

Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#9 posted 07-27-2010 10:32 PM

Wauu, TJ,
It’s really a debut of carving.
I still have not had the currage…
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 07-28-2010 12:14 PM

Nicely carved and I’m sure you will find a project to use it on.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 03:43 AM

Great carving…how long did it take to accomplish ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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