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Project by mtnwild posted 01-06-2011 11:41 PM 2131 views 7 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rivergirl,! this anything like you imagined?
She got me changing direction on my next project. Took me two days thinking on it to decide whether to do it or not. In that time I found a piece of wood I thought might work, so I decided to hold my plans and go for the sea otter. A really good idea anyway. So might as well do the otter, it’s all good.
Very hard but fun. Very comfortable, very. Your hand just rests on there and is easy to hold. Lots lighter than it looks. I like it. Always a surprise to me too. When I start on a raw piece of wood I always wonder how much time I’m going to put into this before I admit defeat. LOL, so far so good.

All doweled with marine epoxy.
Maple, rosewood, ebony spacers.
Made that cane stand so that if you want you could put sea shells or things like that down there. Change them out on occasion.

That’s it, unless you have any questions, hope you enjoy, thanks….....................

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





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Chip

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 11:50 PM

Jack, I really can’t get over how wonderful these (all your work) are. That honestly looks like water reflecting on the otter. Great use of the grain! Subtleness at it’s very finest.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Elizabeth

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 11:53 PM

I love otters. This is fantastic.

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 12:10 AM

YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!!! hooray! I am so happy to see the little otter, on it’s back, cracking a mussel. :) Yes- it looks as I imagined it would! I am SMILING SO LARGE right now!!!! Thanks Mtnwild!

-- 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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Tim29

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 12:14 AM

That is a really nice piece.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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stefang

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#5 posted 01-07-2011 12:22 AM

Very nice work Jack.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 01-07-2011 12:32 AM

LOL…..........thanks rivergirl, glad you like it. Good idea, thanks again for that….........

Thank you all….................

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

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wizzardofwood

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 12:34 AM

really nice job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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rivergirl

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 12:34 AM

PS the grain on that otter just looks like otter fur. ;)

-- 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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dustynewt

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 12:36 AM

Beautiful! Looks like it would be very grasp friendly and feel good in the hand. Most excellent.

-- Peace in Wood ~ http://dustynewt.com/

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mpounders

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#10 posted 01-07-2011 12:40 AM

Beautiful! Do use dowels or anything in the joints of your spacers?

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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mtnwild

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 12:48 AM

Thanks dusty and Mike.
Mike I dowel through out. Very strong with the two part marine epoxy.

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 01-07-2011 12:54 AM

Awesome carving jack. Looks just like an otter resting.

rivergirl, you are becoming quite a force on LJ. Influencing projects all across this great land ! :-))

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

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Triumph1

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#13 posted 01-07-2011 12:57 AM

The design works very well with the grain of the wood. Once again a very beautiful and thought out piece. Just awesome Jack.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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mtnwild

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#14 posted 01-07-2011 01:01 AM

Cool guys! Having fun in the shop. Doesn’t take much wood, just a lot of time. Time I have…..............

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

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#15 posted 01-07-2011 01:32 AM

You are a artist, you have such a fantastic gift in those hands of yours.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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