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Project by CartersWhittling posted 01-31-2011 09:14 AM 2435 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first wood burnings I have made. I learned quickly that oak’s grain is easy to burn unevenly. Next pictures will use a close grain wood.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 01:05 PM

your first???
fantastic job! impressive

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Vicki

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 08:10 PM

Wow, that second fish is out of this world. Looks like he’s gonna swim away. I love the neat bases you made and the fact that you cut the fish shape and then burned it. Fantastic design and execution.
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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CartersWhittling

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 12:09 AM

Thank you for the positive comments. Any helpful criticism is also welcomed.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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christopheralan

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 02:35 AM

Nice job man! Oak sucks to burn. It is really tough to start out burning it, but sometimes it is what you have to work with. That said, you did a hellova job with it. Some of the grain comes through, but I actually like it that way. On almost all of my oak burns, you can see the grain. I like that you went dark also. It adds a lot to the work. I think some people are scared to go dark, but you did it well. Don’t make the mistake of shadding the highlighs “to blend the tones” or adding a lot of color. Some ww’ers like to, but I think it kills the work. You did fantastic. Only thing I would add is to watch the outlines. If you go to dark on them, they start to look “cartoony” if that makes sence. The first one has some dark outlines, but the second is much better.

Imagine looking at a human nose. There are no lines, only shaddows, highlights and reflections. Yet, for some reason, we all want to “draw” a nose. I hope that makes sence. You can see in some of my early work where I suck at doing that.

Good luck man! I wish my first burns turned out that well!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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CartersWhittling

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 03:53 AM

Thank you for the advice. Although these are my first woodburnings I have been sketching with pencil for years. I understand about what you mean about dark outlines looking cartoonish. I’ve draw portraits and I know especially on the nose and lips its mostly shading not outlining. I have never learnt how to woodburn so what I did was just from my sketching knowledge.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/

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christopheralan

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 03:58 AM

You used that knowledge well. With a background in portraits and drawings, you should be able to burn anything. Play with some different woods and subjects. I would love to see more of your work.

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 05:33 AM

All I can say is WOW.

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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