"unbearable likeness of emerging genesis"

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The sculpture is my version of the beginning of life. The two walnut trees I found in the Texas hill country had be dead for some time. In the Texas hill country the middle of most trees rot out first but I had found one tree just before it got really punky.The spalting had already occoured and became a glorious design element adding to the mystic of the piece. The bottom root base is turned upside down for the emerging splashing effect.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#1 posted 1284 days ago

Nice work! It would be interesting to see the before pic. I wish I could look at a piece of wood and see what others can.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#2 posted 1284 days ago

Thanks for the compliment. Some people have a gift of creating. I see in two dimension but have to talk in one dimension. That’s the hard part for most people the technical comes later. Advice the sun and the air are natures great healing forces get in touch with that and your heart will follow. This is why I am a woodworker.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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#3 posted 1284 days ago


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

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#4 posted 1284 days ago

These are really interesting and well done. I really like to see what the natural shape of the wood looks like before you carve it too if you don’t mind providing photos! It would be cool to see a “before” photo to show how you make the connection between what nature provided and what you see in it.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 1284 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s. I love the blend of natural wood and sculpture along with life springing forth from the tree. Excellent work!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#6 posted 1284 days ago

This is so good, I’m glad there is another of us hackers around here who try to emphazize whatever shapes we see in a natural piece of wood instead of forcing it to suit our vision. Though I have no problem with that. I have two similar ongoing sculptures, waaay less glorious than yours though. Welcome home.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#7 posted 1284 days ago

That looks fantastic. The figuring on the carving is just perfect

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#8 posted 1283 days ago

If I was to describe this I would name it “Aphrodite’s birth”. Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love immerging from splashing waters of the sea.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#9 posted 1283 days ago

Cool sculpture. Well done!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 1283 days ago

Good eye, & well done. How tall is you sculpture?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 1283 days ago

Dan… I love the replicated motion of the upper form’s arms as implied by the gracefully weathered extensions on the lower form. The contrasting values and textures of the upper and lower areas adds a wonderful interplay of visual interest, as well.

Nice job… thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#12 posted 1282 days ago

incrediblely awesome very kool oh, and welcome to LJ’s… this is the place to see it all for sure. thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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