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Project by MichaelA posted 1304 days ago 1748 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another Elm round. I fought with this carving trying to carve Chief Little Crow. I tried
using the traditional European block out style and I mowed down the results.Then I tried
the American style block out and mowed him down.I finally just let it take shape how ever it wanted too.
and than a Native American appeared Crow to be exact.(Apsa’alooke) which are known as “children
of the large beaked bird”. The Crow Nation are 50 miles south of Billings Montana.The Crow have
many interesting proverbs.The one that comes to mind for my carvings goes like this.”THE EYES OF MEN SPEAK WORDS THE TONGUE CANNOT PRONOUNCE.”

-- 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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mtnwild

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#1 posted 1304 days ago

That guy has seen many hard moons. Great facial details. You can see the experience in those features. A man to be reckoned with.
Nice one….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Bearpie

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#2 posted 1304 days ago

Very beautiful work you do! How long did this take you?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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MichaelA

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#3 posted 1304 days ago

Thanks Jack and Erwin,you both do awesome work!! Erwin this carving took 6 days,but I think I
learned a valuable lesson.I lost 1day trying to be too technical in my approach to start my
carving.Then I lost another 1/2 day when my vise blew apart.Luckily a 80yr. old gentleman
welder beefed it up so not even I can break it.He was great and a pleasure to meet.
Once I just relaxed and started following grain patterns and getting your imagination running
wild, a face emerges.I then spend a couple days going into what I am trying to improve to make
the carving features look realistic. I have a long way to go but I believe if I can just keep on improving
one detail each carving.I will get there.So roughly 4 days to carve this one.

-- 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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shipwright

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#4 posted 1304 days ago

Beautiful, soulful work again Michael. Brilliant.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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ShopTinker

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#5 posted 1304 days ago

This is my favorite! I think it would look awsome on the table in my den. :)

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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MichaelA

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#6 posted 1304 days ago

Thanks Dan for your kind words and Paul I look forward to more of your art .It is very
creative.

-- 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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Heidi Neely

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#7 posted 1303 days ago

You REALLY captured quite a powerful expression in the eyes here….his face really tells a story of a long and harsh life on the land. To give such life to a lifeless “elm round”.....simply amazing! Another masterpiece :)

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

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 1303 days ago

I agree with kolwdwrkrsgirl. Another masterpiece! Congratulations.

-- Jiri

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CSlabon

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#9 posted 1303 days ago

Really great.

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MichaelA

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#10 posted 1302 days ago

Thanks for the complements Heidi,Jiri,and Slabon.You all have a wonderful New Year!!!!!

-- 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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Porchfish

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#11 posted 1131 days ago

Nicely done….class work !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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