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Project by jcahaas posted 01-13-2011 09:35 PM 2381 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stone used in this carving is amber – shaped to a convex top with a flat bottom, called a cabochon. After the mask was carved, I made space for the stone with a Dremel tool and used a little clear acrylic glue to hold it in place.
Amber is frequently considered a symbol of wisdom, so I like the symbolism, but also it has a wonderful light-catching quality that I love.

Thank you for looking.

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Cliff De Witt

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 09:56 PM

That is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.

If good art changes the viewer, that is fantastic art. I am changed.

Thank you for posting.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 11:02 PM

Fantastic! The wood grain works wonderfully in the design. Love it!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 12:33 AM

oh my goodness this is wonderful – on a woodworking level, an artistic level, and on a Spiritual level.
Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

You have used the lines of the wood perfectly to guide the viewer to this eye of wisdom. Into my favourites.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 01:46 AM

Very lovely, quiet form. Excellent grain orientation as well. A real work of art.

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

Great! grain cemitrical balance

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#6 posted 01-14-2011 10:35 AM

Fine! Thanks.

-- Jiri

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 11:30 AM

As everyone else has said the grain is immediately noticed and is wonderful at creating the face.
You would notice any problems with the grain or your work if it was not done properly.
It looks such a simple and wonderful piece. I can see it took a lot of work to perfect this wonderful piece.
The stand is also very nice and compliments the work.

What was the inspiration for this piece? also what is it’s size roughly?

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 06:39 PM

Wonderful use of grain and amber. Both make the piece come alive and glow. Keep up the great work!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 09:48 PM

Holy smokes! That is just beautiful. Thanks for posting.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 09:49 PM

Me like plenty!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 01-15-2011 06:10 AM

Me likes!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 01:03 AM

Great body of work, I don’t know where you get your pine, but I would love to find some for my self.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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