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Project by Bob Collins posted 08-14-2018 11:14 AM 720 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s the time of the year when I enter into a wood working competition in Melbourne (Capital City of the State of Victoria). I commenced carving this by hand but Arthritis got the better of me and I had to revert to power tools to complete it (the faithful Dremel). I used a soft wood Jutelong for the owls and tree stump, minimum painting and lots of burning before finishing with a couple of coats of polyurethane. Added the mouse and lizard and there are eggs in the hollow. The base is plywood cut into with the dremel. I have 2 more entries to complete by next weekend am well on track with the Elves working overtime. Sorry about the picture quality, taken inside under artificial light.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 08-14-2018 11:20 AM

Excellent work….....I really like this and appreciate the skill that went I to it.

I completely understand having to change how you do things. I have had similar challenges. It is tough getting old.

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#2 posted 08-14-2018 01:10 PM

Bob, you did a fine job on this carving.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-14-2018 01:16 PM

Great work Bob. I could easily see why you would have to turn to the dremel. That’s a lot of work and turned out realistic. Good luck in the competition.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-14-2018 02:05 PM

Those are awesome. I truly envy your talent.

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#5 posted 08-14-2018 03:10 PM

WOW! Beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 08-14-2018 04:00 PM

Well owl be!! Those are beautiful carvings, Bob. I wish I had the talent for that. I tried to make a blue jay but go stuck on the details in 3D.

Very nice work, my friend!!! Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-14-2018 04:20 PM

You have a lot of skill and determination to tackle a project like that Bob. Well done. Keep the beer away from the elves. I find the work faster with out it. Best of luck in the competition.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 08-14-2018 05:27 PM

Those carvings are a real “hoot”, pardon my pun!
Carving is something I can’t do, except on a turkey.
How about some better photos?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 08-14-2018 07:18 PM

Bob, Super job on the owls and tree stump. I saw that you like carving the wavy ribbons, but this a quite a leap in carving from that.

The pics don’t do it justice. Good luck in the competition.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#10 posted 08-14-2018 07:41 PM

Just a great set of HOOTS!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 08-14-2018 07:57 PM

Wow Bob, bet you,re more than happy to be entering this piece in the competition, real nice work mate, look forward to see how you do.
All the best

Arthritis is a right bugger mate, it,s starting to give me real jippo as well

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 08-14-2018 08:29 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Bob!

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 08-14-2018 10:58 PM

Lovely work mate

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#14 posted 08-14-2018 11:21 PM

Nicely done Bob. Best of luck with your competition.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 08-14-2018 11:38 PM

Bob, well done mate. Great top3 award.
Good luck with the exhibition.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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