A bit of a Henry Moore thing?

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Project by peteg posted 11-28-2010 03:23 AM 2183 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 15 – 18 years ago ( berofe I started turning) I worried this piece of Kauri to death for about 12 months, one of thoes bit thats you cut a bit of here and leave it for maybe a month and then have another go. It was based on a picture I had seem somewhere at that time
Well about that time we started some major renovations and the shed had to be cleared out, so this was thrown in my wood store back of the shed. over the years it hade been totally burried untill recently I was look for a particular piece of wood an this thing “reappeared”
It was a bit messy and water stained, anyway after a lot os resanding, sealing and a couple of coats of shellac here it is. It has some cracking you can pick up in pic 4.
Advise/ ideas please on a base of some sort, I currently have it screwed to a board to work on & stop it falling over all the time
It stands about 13” high x 7” wide & 5” thick

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

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 03:51 AM


Very nice piece of art! I really like the design, as far as the a base I don’t know what to tell you. However, Thanks for Sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 03:54 AM

Do you see what I see? In picture 1, look at the shape of the shadow and that would lend credence to the shape of the base? Other than that it would be a toughie!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 04:05 AM

What Bearpie said, and use walnut as wood.

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 05:41 AM

what bearpie said but as a 4-5 foot high pidestal with the lowest part made just like the greek or Roman did

just a thought , a very nice sculpture :-)


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#5 posted 11-28-2010 07:03 AM

That is cool. I think it needs a piece of polished stone for a base. A piece like you might get from a counter top installer. As for the shape I think Bearpie has a great idea.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 07:48 AM

Cool shape & very nice finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 08:24 AM

Wow, the power of LJ’s, the idea from Bearpie for the base & the “what with” from Roz,
By the way Roz, any idea as to how I get to cut that shape? in that material coz I love the idea.
Thanks everybody for your kind feedback -:)

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

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 10:05 AM

I would bore the bottom and fill it with lead to weight it down. Why spoil it with a base?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 12:04 PM

Pet that is a wonderful sculpture

I would just put a pin in the bottom, not glued so it could sit on a base.
Bearpie’s idea for the base sounds great.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 01:40 PM

This is one attractive piece….. I love it.

A base, hard to say for sure, would be easier if I could stand in front and touch it…... I will have to give it some thought .

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 04:53 PM

I agree with Topo- I think no base is a good way to proceed!

-- 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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#12 posted 11-28-2010 04:53 PM

I agreed with Bearpie before I read his response. I think it requires lighting from a single source, and the base should follow the shadow line of the lighting. If it were mine to display the base would be made of Walnut in the
shape of the shadow line and have the edges tapered at the same angle as the lighting. The base wouldn’t be that big and then it would sit on some kind of translucent stand.
Stepping off my soap box now, sorry for the length,(I could go on) but that is one nice looking hunk of wood!

-- Mel,

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#13 posted 11-28-2010 05:38 PM

That is realy cool. I think it would look sharp as suggested by Topo and Bearpie. Bearpies idea taken I would use stone like granite as a base.

-- mrg

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#14 posted 11-28-2010 05:42 PM

I LOVE this!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 11-28-2010 06:31 PM

I agree with the darker/contrasting wood choice.

My personal thought is that this almost needs a base just so it doesn’t look like it’s going to tip over. That might be a rather mundane and conventional way of looking at it, but that’s what my eye is telling me.

I immediately thought of egg stands, so I did a quick search:

Lots of ideas there. Whatever you choose, I’d keep it low and simple, with 3-4 sides maybe?

I’m glad you brought this out of hiding and had a chance to show it to us!

If you’re still not sure what to do, send it my way and I’ll be sure to make some sort of display stand for it as I really like this piece! :-)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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