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Project by StevenAntonucci posted 1345 days ago 1139 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got some things done yesterday while I had the house to myself. This “turning” is a somehat annual tradition that I started a couple of years ago. Each year, I carve a Santa for a collector I know. In return, she lets me keep half of my stuff.

He started life on the lathe, between centers and became a “bullet”. From there, I used a picture of another carvers work as a starting point for layout:

http://www.reasonstobelieve.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&ProductCode=al106&CategoryCode=AL

I think there is enough different in scale, execution, and color to make it 51% original, and I can see doing this type of work again.

The coloring was done with Mixol pigments in lacquer, cut about 50/50 with lacquer thinner. About 2-3 drops of Mixol is all it takes. The stuff goes a long way.

Comments welcome.

-- Steven





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 1345 days ago

These are very nice gifts.

-- 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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mmh

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#2 posted 1345 days ago

I like the shape of the Santa. It’s intriguing that you started with a lathed bullet and then carved it down, making it a relatively quick piece to create. Nicely carved at that.

Since I like seeing the natural grain of the wood, would you consider using a stain or just wash the wood with the color desired and allow the grain to show? I think this technique would look quite stunning and actually more rustic. Not to say that your paint job is not nice, as it’s quite rich looking too, but I am thinking that the grain could show off more and give the viewer more understanding of what this piece is made of.

Looks like you should have more days to yourself!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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StevenAntonucci

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#3 posted 1345 days ago

The photo doesn’t show it real well, but the basswood grain does come through the lacquer pretty well. of course, it’s just basswood, so it’s nothing that exciting. I left the face and his undergarment natural wood. I also debated a quick 600 grit sanding to buff through some of the lacquer and expose some of the cut marks a litte better, as none of the surfaces are flat (nor were they meant to be…).

-- Steven

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sedcokid

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#4 posted 1345 days ago

Wow! Very nice, I wish that I could carve like that…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Loucarb

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#5 posted 1345 days ago

Great santa, I like the choice of colors. I like your vessels also. I love those shapes but have a lot of trouble turning them. Well done.

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StevenAntonucci

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#6 posted 1345 days ago

Thanks Lou… shameless self promotion coming:

I’ll be teaching hollow turning at Peters Valley next summer in addition to the Intro to woodturning class… If you’ve never taken a class in NJ, it would be a great Christmas present to yourself ;-)

And for Sedcokid, anyone can carve with about two or three basic tools, which is all that I use…getting the idea mapped out still is work for me…

-- Steven

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