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This is this year’s 2011 donation to the Child Advocacy Center in Memphis for their annual “Works of Heart” auction. This year, I carved this from mammoth Kauri, a wood that is carbon dated between 35,000 and 50,000 years old, found in New Zealand. This is not really the most wonderful wood to work with, as it was chippy, but worked out well. The leaf was cut from a 8.5×8.5×3 inch block of this wood. The stem and the bottom are the only thing that touches the base. The base is mahogany.

I designed this to either hang on the wall or sit on a desk or table. I hope it does well at the auction!

Always love your feedback.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html





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spunwood

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#1 posted 1296 days ago

Feedback: cool stuff. What kind of finish and sanding process?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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wood_maestro

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#2 posted 1296 days ago

wonderful work, not to mention for a great cause.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1296 days ago

Nice work and donation Ellen, hope it auction for a nice donation. Bless you for your kindness and act of giving…BC

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Ellen

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#4 posted 1296 days ago

I had to sand too much by hand! But from 60 grit to 220 grit then I have been using General finishes, and this has 6 coats of semi-gloss on it and that is sanded to 4,000 grit. No Stain on the leaf. Alcohol based stain on the base. It was very strange, the leaf and the mahogany were very contrasty, but as soon as I put the first coat of finish on them, they almost matched in color. I wanted a lot of contrast, so I stained the base with 3 coats of stain.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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Steven H

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#5 posted 1296 days ago

Beautiful work

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grizzman

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#6 posted 1296 days ago

that is a really nice carving..i love the whole design….....very nice that you donated this for aution, i really hope it does well…thanks for posting ..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 1296 days ago

Ellen,

It’s good to see another piece of your fine artwork. Does the piece have an inscription regarding the wood? Do you sign your work?

Once again, outstanding as usual. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Ellen

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#8 posted 1296 days ago

When I bought the wood, it came with a sticker of “certification” about the age of the wood. I’ll put that information on a small black matt board and show that off at the auction. I signed the back of the mahogany with a black permanent pen. Usually I write it with a dremel, but this time, I just signed it.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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StumpyNubs

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#9 posted 1296 days ago

In a word… Stunning.

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savannah505

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#10 posted 1296 days ago

Love to see your work again Ellen, really a wonderful piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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majeagle1

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#11 posted 1296 days ago

Absolutely lovely!
A piece of beautiful art to behold and enjoy. You do such wonderful work and this, for such a wonderful cause.
I just went through all the rest of your projects and “I don’t know where I have been all your life!”.
I must have truly been asleep at the wheel to miss some of your beautiful boxes and other works of art.
You are an inspiration for sure, thank you for sharing!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 1296 days ago

This is just exquisite, Ellen!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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gbear

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#13 posted 1296 days ago

Your work is always so artisticly stunning…wow!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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janice

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#14 posted 1296 days ago

Wow! Elllen, this is another piece of art you created that is just truly amazing. I love seeing your art.

-- Janice

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KoryK

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#15 posted 1296 days ago

All I can say is, WOW. Very stunning piece of art.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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