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Project by MichaelA posted 11-10-2010 05:48 AM 2582 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This carving is done in basswood.I was told a good exercise to practice is to take a male carving and transform him into a female.Its harder than I thought but any way here is samantha gates taken from Vern.
Terri and I have moved back to our beautiful mountains in Colorado and have found the most wonderful park in loveland.Benson Park has more than 80 sculptures to admire.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 05:59 AM

You are a true craftsman. Your sculpture is very lifelike. And what could be better than living in the Colorado mountains!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 06:09 AM

You have such talent….scary good!

-- Darrell B.

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 08:03 AM

I would never covet another’s talents but this reiterates in my own mind why I can’t (or more appropriately, shouldn’t) carve. No matter what I try to do, it comes out looking like a cross between a gnome, a troll, and any one (or more) of the characters from the bar scene in Star Wars. ;) Some say it’s a proportion thing. I call balderdash!! It’s a talent thing. And I don’t have it!!! You, on the other hand, appear to have it . . . in spades. Well done.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 09:56 AM

Great carving!!

-- Jiri

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#5 posted 11-10-2010 11:55 AM

Beautiful carving. never tried it, probably will not either. I’m really admire carvers. Have you ever thought about carving mount rushmore?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 01:39 PM

Hi Michael,

Very nice carving, indeed!

I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear from some doctors. So far, they have managed to change men into women, but they still can’t get rid of the adams apple. You seemed to have pulled it off, nicely! LOL


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 01:42 PM

Nice carving, the photo has it looking right at you as to look through you-interesting concept!

-- David W./Central Florida

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#8 posted 11-10-2010 03:09 PM

carving is not my thing, but I admire people who can
you are one of the best I’d say
congragulations on living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, I have only visisted

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 03:35 PM

You never cease to amaze. Nice transformation.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#10 posted 11-10-2010 03:42 PM

Very nice carving! You did a wonderful job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 11-10-2010 03:49 PM

Very realistic. There’s nothing else I can add that hasn’t been already said. Great job!

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#12 posted 11-10-2010 03:52 PM

Thank you all for your encouraging words. Eagle1 as a matter of fact.
I have kicked around of doing my version of Mt. Rushmore Chief Joeseph,Chief Quanah Parker,
Chief Black Kettle,Chief Sitting Bull,etc..ect..ect. I am afraid I will need a huge mountain range.
Hmmm now I do live in the Rockies,interesting idea Eagle1.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#13 posted 11-10-2010 10:30 PM

WOW Michael…..this is just exceptional! I only wish I had half of your carving tallents! I find human faces to be VERY hard for me to get right….no matter if I’m sketching or carving. Your instincts are spot on : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#14 posted 11-11-2010 10:00 AM

Another outstanding carving! Your work is beyond my humble words for there is more than a sculpture here, something more. Wow!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#15 posted 01-21-2011 03:21 AM

You carvers blow me away!! Jealous!!

-- If you build it, they will come

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