"Girl from the North Country"

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Project by mpounders posted 09-21-2010 03:38 AM 2488 views 2 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the project that I started and mostly finished in Adina Huckins’ class at War Eagle. I have struggled, like most carvers, with female faces and I jumped at the opportunity to learn from such an accomplished artist ( ). I could not be more pleased with the results! I still need to do a little more work before mounting to a base and applying a finish, but I completed the hair and eyes last night and couldn’t wait any longer. Adina is a wonderful teacher and I could not recommend her classes more strongly!

This about 10” tall from basswood and the title is from an old Bob Dylan song. My carving is based on a carving that Adina is doing of her neice. The title seemed appropriate for a young lady from Northwest Arkansas. Thanks for looking and comments and advice are always welcomed.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 03:39 AM

you nailed it

-- jim nevada

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 03:54 AM

I really love this one. Someday I’d like to try something like this. I’ve done some portraits in relief, but I don’t think I could ever do one this well.

She looks almost realistic. We’re from Dylan’s home town, & Barb’s brother used to play with him while growing up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 04:19 AM

I struggle with females also….this definitely looks like one – soft features. Great!


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#4 posted 09-21-2010 05:34 AM

I struggle with realistic faces, body and any other features I do ok, not great, just ok! You did FANTASTIC!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 05:38 AM

WOW , great work mr. pounders and great taste in music .

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 05:48 AM

Jordan, “struggles with females” the rest of us! Sexist joking aside, this is some really nice work, mpounders!

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 08:18 AM

Thats amazing, those eyes and lips are so expressive.
Well done.

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 08:35 AM

She is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 03:09 PM

Its ultimate piece of work…thanks for sharing it…..

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 03:43 PM

That is truly amazing! Well Done!!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#11 posted 09-21-2010 03:48 PM

That is very beautiful and I appreciate your posting it. Thanks

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 09-21-2010 04:58 PM

She’s beautiful, way out of my league!

We all struggle with faces, you are not alone, and yet you have demonstrated that you are above most of us.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#13 posted 09-21-2010 05:01 PM

This eye technique is different than others I’ve read about. I’ve got a couple of books, can’t think who wrote them at the moments, but they are done with a different style of eye, making the eye more of an orb, with the light glint only being a shallow hole. It’s interesting how everyone finds a way to make things their own, and it all works.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#14 posted 09-21-2010 05:05 PM

Beautiful job. I have been trying to work with female faces as well but have a long way to go.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#15 posted 09-21-2010 08:11 PM

Well, I hate to disagree with the others, but I know the niece, and this is not a very good representation. She is not nearly as lovely as your carving portrays her.—-Just kidding——She must be one more Lovely Girl From the North Country! That is just super excellent work. Congratulations on such a great Carving. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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