Stone Face Comanche Warrior

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Project by MichaelA posted 1353 days ago 2572 views 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got my hands on some cottonwood and Elm rounds.This carving is done in the Elm.
Interesting wood to carve.I like the detail it leaves but it seems to change movement if you leave it a day.
Very strange but there is something interesting about carving this type of wood.I dont know whether to like it or dislike it.

-- 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 1353 days ago

beautiful work he looks real to me

-- jim nevada

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#2 posted 1353 days ago

Wouldn’t like to meet him in a dark alley at midnight! Looks so very real.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#3 posted 1353 days ago

I really like the expression and the detail is fantastic.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 1353 days ago

Thank You lumberjocks and bearpie I wouldn’t of wanted to meet any of the comanche if they were having a bad day.But still they are my relatives.

-- 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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#5 posted 1353 days ago

very nice, full of expression

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#6 posted 1353 days ago

It´s a work of master. Congrats.

-- Jiri

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#7 posted 1353 days ago

You have my attention. The expression is just so real. I envy anyone who can re-create the human form realistically, drawn, painted or sculpted. You have the touch, the feel for the subject and the material. It’s obvious.
Thank you for this.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#8 posted 1353 days ago

Nice work. How is cotton wood for carving?

-- "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 1353 days ago

very powerful … such strength and honour depicted in the face, hidden behind a sadness. I think you have managed to capture history in this single piece.

very interesting statement re: not knowing where to like or dislike the wood for carving .
I’m curious if you have thought more about what makes carving this wood so “interesting”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 1353 days ago

Me thinkum pale face speak with fork tongue. Stone face really made of wood. Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Too many Saturday westerns growing up. ;D Absolutely amazing work.

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#11 posted 1353 days ago

Michael, that is a magnificent carving and my hat is off to you.

-- 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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#12 posted 1353 days ago

Very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 1353 days ago

You are a true master. Fantastic job on this piece. I only wish I had half the skill.

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#14 posted 1353 days ago

Great job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#15 posted 1353 days ago

Topomax I really like carving cottonwood rounds.The grain forms detail easily soft to work with but
allows your chisels to track and make flowing cuts.
Ms.Debbie the reason I made the comment is simply,all woods have their own characteristics when
carving them.This Elm had such a wide range of textures some times it felt like soft clay then it would
be very hard and brittle.Making you have to change your pressure and depth of cut.So even though your
top grain was tight and had direction a 1/2”down it would have a completely clay like grain. Even though it was mind boggling to keep track of grain change,it would all of a sudden create wonderful shadows and detail
to bring out lines.This wood may turn out too be my favorite wood to carve but its going to take alot of
work.When something is different and doesnt follow the normal flow of carving it interests me.
But then again I can watch two birds sitting on a fence and wonder why the one on the left flew
off first.

-- 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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