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Project by treeskin posted 09-28-2010 04:04 AM 1385 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece that won me the 2008 Kohler award in the “STARS OF TEXAS”juried art contest. I beat out 127 other “PAINTERS”to take this award home.There were Three other awards above me.It is a state wide contest that draws 300 or more pieces every year.this is my personal stile that I call Tsunami cut.”COPYWRITED”

-- MRc

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 04:10 AM

Very nice! Wish I had the patience (and the time!).

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 04:14 AM

That is one amazing piece of art. I would like to know what type of wood it is. Great job and congratulations

-- Lynn "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 04:28 AM

Very nice.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 04:40 AM

Really super – tell us more!


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#5 posted 09-28-2010 06:17 AM

niiice piece

and welcome to L J enjoy and have fun


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#6 posted 09-28-2010 06:27 AM

I really like this piece a lot, did you carve it all free hand or use a router and jig? And how does one go about copywriting a piece of art? Thanks for shareing.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 07:29 AM

awesome dude….....

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 08:14 AM

Firstly welcome to LJ’s you should fit quite nicely here in our communty with that stunning piece.
However I agree with Jordan tell us more on how you made it.

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 10:14 AM

Nice work and congratulations on the win.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 09-28-2010 12:53 PM

Nice piece- however I don’t think you can actually copyright a “style?” You can copyright your photo- but a style of artistic expression is not copyrightable. My neighbor is a patent attorney and I will clarify that when he gets back in the country.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

#11 posted 09-28-2010 02:30 PM

This is copied from the Official U.S. Copyright Office Q & A site:

What does copyright protect?
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “What Works Are Protected.”

The term, above, “original works of authorship” says it all.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#12 posted 09-28-2010 03:06 PM

I think for purposes of this particular project/comment, the sticking point in the copyright law is the word “authorship”. examples of protected works cited in the statute are written: poetry- books, movie scripts, songs, computer language, and building plans. Notice there is nothing about paintings or furniture design or fabric design-. These things that are created but do not rely primarily upon the written word but rather upon ideas and methods of operation I suppose. There was a good piece in a high end woodworking magazine (can’t remember where or when- should have saved it) that really explained this pretty well. But I will defer to the patent/copyright attorney when he reappears. He’s pretty good at explaining these things to me. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 09-28-2010 03:07 PM

The piece can certainly be copyrighted against reproduction. However, what goes into a style? Are there particular elements unique to that style alone? We can copyright a poem, but the words, and the letters that make them up are public domain.

Something tells me this would make a good forum topic.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#14 posted 09-28-2010 03:14 PM

It is not a simple matter to obtain a copyright. Especially with art and design objects. Think of the fashion industry- As soon as the dress goes down the run way- the knock offs appear in Nordstroms and Walmart. I think the term is EXACT replica- But surely a person could change the wood and size and make a piece of art with waves in it? Think of the beautiful boxes that an L/J member already makes. Waves of sand, waves of water…

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

#15 posted 09-28-2010 05:24 PM

Copyright is a basic matter of law which gives the copyright to an author at the moment one’s creation is set in a solid form, whether or not it is material, such as a digitial photograph.
Here is another copy from the U.S.Copyright office’s Q & A page.:

When is my work protected?
Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Do I have to register with your office to be protected?
No. In general, registration is voluntary. Copyright exists from the moment the work is created. You will have to register, however, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. See Circular 1, Copyright Basics, section “Copyright Registration.”

And here is another quotation from their PDF document on Copyright basics.

What Works Are Protected?
Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are
fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation need not
be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated
Copyright Basics ·
with the aid of a machine or device. Copyrightable works
include the following categories:
1 literary works
2 musical works, including any accompanying words
3 dramatic works, including any accompanying music
4 pantomimes and choreographic works
5 pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
6 motion pictures and other audiovisual works
7 sound recordings
8 architectural works
These categories should be viewed broadly. For example,
computer programs and most “compilations” may be registered
as “literary works”; maps and architectural plans may
be registered as “pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.”
What Is Not Protected by Copyright?
Several categories of material are generally not eligible for
federal copyright protection. These include among others:
• Works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of
expression (for example, choreographic works that have
not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches
or performances that have not been written or recorded)
• Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols
or designs; mere variations of typographic ornamentation,
lettering, or coloring; mere listings of ingredients
or contents
• Ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts,
principles, discoveries, or devices, as distinguished from a
description, explanation, or illustration
• Works consisting entirely of information that is common
property and containing no original authorship (for
example: standard calendars, height and weight charts,
tape measures and rulers, and lists or tables taken from public documents or other common sources)

I am a copyright holder of quite a few works, some registered and some not. Many are digital photographs and works of digital art. Others are original works of Fine Art in paints, inks or pastels on traditional substrates. My work is protected by U.S.Law whether or not I have procured a Copyright Certificate.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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