self made woman

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Project by EGA posted 12-20-2007 04:26 PM 2688 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had this piece of bay I had picked up in the swamps after a logging operation. I started her and she finished. If faults are detected, then it’s her’s.

No electric tools of any type used, only the small gouge, and my old pocket kiinfe. Original, camer out of my head and. I tell people who ask about carving. “If you can see all the things that’s inside a particular piece of woo, pick one and cut all the mess off that dosen’t look like it”. Semper Fi!


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#1 posted 12-20-2007 04:36 PM

the first pix is great and the next are small.
Is she chiseling out her own image? Awesome—and then blame the faults on her. Ha. good plan!!!

Pretty impressive EGA..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 12-20-2007 05:05 PM

Very interesting piece. Carving has always eluded me, couldn’t do it to save my life.

-- Still learning everything

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 05:06 PM

I love it! Reminds me of Norman Rockwell’s portrait of himself painting his own portrait.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-20-2007 05:12 PM


-- Jiri

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#5 posted 12-20-2007 05:13 PM

thanks for the comments, and miss Deb a favorite quote of mine is “Never assume the blame for anything that ya can blame on someone else, in this case it her! I did edit and put some different pictures up, yes she’s supposed to be carving herself out with a maul and chisel. All I had to do is get-er-started. Semper Fi.


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#6 posted 12-20-2007 05:31 PM


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#7 posted 12-20-2007 05:34 PM

oh that’s better!!
even more “cool” than the first time I looked :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 12-20-2007 06:06 PM

Wow, I admire people who can carve.

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#9 posted 12-20-2007 10:00 PM

What a cool piece, does she have any sisters?

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#10 posted 12-20-2007 10:20 PM

Wish I could see things like that when I pick up wood. Real artistry.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#11 posted 12-20-2007 10:42 PM

Beautiful piece, would love to try carving some day.

-- Andy Stark

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#12 posted 12-20-2007 10:49 PM

EGA you have created a “fox”. Maybe that’s why I can’t carve – I look at a piece of wood and see wood – I have heard many carvers say that they look at a piece of wood and see an eagle, or a woman, or whatever. Guess I’m carver blind :-)). Good work.

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

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#13 posted 12-21-2007 01:33 AM

Thanks all. it’s a good feeling someone get’s when compliments are made. Compare it to raising kids, every once in a while an “atta boy/girl” is needed to make up for all of the ah s009rujvm,fuir8s!!!!! Working on a cane, seen a huckleberry growing out the side of a ditch bank. The root was sticking straight out of the bank with the bush turning straight up. Dug the root out, cut it off and immediately seen an alligator in it. The body will be the handle. Semper Fi!


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#14 posted 12-21-2007 01:51 AM

From those shrinking pictures her name must be Violet

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#15 posted 12-21-2007 02:02 AM

Can you please post more pics of “the self carving” woman. i showed this to my wife and her jaw dropped. I feel like I learned a great lesson from a wood masters philosophy today. I will find my piece, to find my peace. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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