"Girl from the North Country"

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Project by mpounders posted 1307 days ago 2110 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 1307 days ago

you nailed it

-- jim nevada

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 1307 days ago

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 1307 days ago

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


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#4 posted 1307 days ago

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 1307 days ago

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

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#6 posted 1307 days ago

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

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#7 posted 1307 days ago

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

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 1307 days ago

She is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 1307 days ago

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


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#10 posted 1307 days ago

That is truly amazing! Well Done!!

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

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#11 posted 1307 days ago

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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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 1306 days ago

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 1306 days ago

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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Rob W

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#14 posted 1306 days ago

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 1306 days ago

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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