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Female Torsos (Warning: Nude Female)

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Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 02-02-2011 07:09 PM 6986 views 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks,

Today I am showing you another just-finished project, a Female Torsos (a trunk of a nude female) Bas-Relief entirely hand carved on a 1 ¾ inch board of Pau Marfim (Balfourodendron riedelianum) that is a tough, close grained and quite hard Brazilian wood. It is intended for sale and will take part of my debut commercial strategy towards a likely target buyer: a traditional jewelry store (please, refer to my previous project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/39981).

I got that inspiration from a not detailed impressionist gravure that lent me the body silhouette only. Considering that I got no live model to show me the anatomical details, I had to carve them relying only on my human body researches and personal sketches. The bas-relief represents a young and vigorous woman standing on a twisted attitude while holding upper head her hair coils. The base is a removable single slab of the same wood joined by means of two strong steel pegs.

The determinant factor for the actual dimensions of the silhouette was the available board width (very rare and unique). So, I devised the largest sketch that should fit tight to that board, except for the right arm that would be built upon a board extension attached with steel pegs and epoxy glue. Considering that I have no band saw as well as respecting the toughness of that wood, I previously hand drilled a row of holes contouring all the external side of the silhouette in order to make easier the action of the bow saw. Then, I trimmed the rough profile to the exact silhouette by using gouges and rasps.

Then, the carving work was performed from the legs to the head where I had to glue pieces of photocopies of my personal sketches in order to define clearly the details of the hands and the face. The finishing was done with an opaque acrylic varnish.

Dimensions: 25 ½” high x 15” wide x 1 ¾” thick

Visit my Website: www.carving-in-wood.com

My email: dilofernandino@gmail.com

Best regards,
Dilo Marcio Fernandino
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

-- Dilo





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Bob Bonham

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 07:20 PM

Wow! Great work.
The detail is amazing.
She looks alive. And, I think she is teasing me just a little.

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isetegija

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 07:26 PM

Wow! Just gorgeous! Beautiful carving, very well done.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 07:43 PM

The Master strikes again : ) Excellent project.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 07:53 PM

you sir

are amazing !

thank you for all you inspire
in us

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 08:04 PM

Nice job. Bas relief and human figure. Can you think of anything to make it harder? :)

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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mfike

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 08:05 PM

That’s just great. I really like that you showed pics of your progress. Your work is really impressive…way out of my league.

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woodworkerscott

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 08:09 PM

Wow. You got skills to say the least. Artist….always raising the bar. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker'.....it's a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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mafe

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 08:19 PM

Really beautiful.
Amazing work, really admire your skills.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

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

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Jason

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#9 posted 02-02-2011 08:53 PM

Wonderful!!!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#10 posted 02-02-2011 08:55 PM

I’m always amazed at you great talent Dilo great carving.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 02-02-2011 09:08 PM

Great nice work. very realistic.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 02-02-2011 09:24 PM

Amazing and thanks for showing the process photos. They need no words, and show the process wonderfully.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#13 posted 02-02-2011 09:50 PM

Very nice! Almost too nice for a jewelry display!

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

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#14 posted 02-02-2011 09:52 PM

As always Dilo, your work is awe inspiring. Wonderful to see your work again.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#15 posted 02-02-2011 09:57 PM

That is fantastic.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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