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Project by Andrew Boyce posted 03-10-2011 06:40 PM 2557 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was my first relief carving done in 1991. I carved it for a woodworking magazine show in london. It was my first attempt at a show too… I know that this may sound stupid but I was so disappointed not to even get a ‘recommended’ card next to it , I took it that it wasnt up to standard.
I havnt done another since! Maybe I will get around to it in retirement!

It measures 5’ x 2’ x 2.5” and is made from european lime and afrormosia.

-- Maker of Stuff....

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 07:36 PM


I find it wonderfully well executed. Thanks for sharing and welcome to LJs :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 07:39 PM

honestly, you should consider doing a lot more of this kind of work. This is by far the best (imo) of what you’ve posted thus far. The sculptural assets of the prone woman are very very good as well, but this carving shows a lot of ability and the depth of field will only improve with time.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 08:22 PM

What a stunning piece of work Andrew. I can understand the disappointment in not having this symbol of art and craftsmanship not acknowledged. Bums me out and I wasn’t even there. I tell you the real sad part of the story is the fact you haven’t done any more since. I’m with Will in saying you should really get back on the wagon with this sort of work. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that you truly are blessed with a talent and eye for it.

Look forward to seeing more like this in the future. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 08:38 PM

Hey Andrew – someone was totally blind. In fact, it appears there were many people struck by a sudden and utter blindness in 1991.

Don’t believe everything you read (or in this case, what was MISSING to read), don’t believe your critics.

This is a beautiful piece, and my first thought when seeing it – before I read it was your first – was “Nah – that’s done with a CNC! (facetiously, of course)”. Seriously – this is a great piece of work!

-- There are many tempting parking places on the road to success

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 09:27 PM

WOW you are extremely talented I’m guessing the judges were blind at that show WOW

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 03-10-2011 09:32 PM

RECOMMENDED!! And then some. This really caught my eye. Very nice work.

-- Romney

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 12:20 AM

Impressive and beautiful! Do you mean you haven’t done a relief carving, or a show, since 1991. I sincerely hope you meant a show…your style of relief carving is far too wonderful to abandon due to the opinions of strangers – who are probably all part of a social click anyhow…

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 12:23 AM

Truley wonderful piece of work.


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#9 posted 03-11-2011 03:28 AM

Your carving ability is absolutely amazing! Wow…..

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#10 posted 03-11-2011 04:02 AM

OK Andrew, since 91….you’ve rested long enough!!!!!!! Get on with it and produce some more. Your kind of talent should NOT lie dormant!! This shows some SERIOUS talent my friend, I would love for you to do some carvings for my clocks. Don’t let a bunch of strangers discourage you, the judges probably favored their buddies, been know to happen before.

-- Bob, Maine"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not". Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 03-11-2011 04:52 AM


Your work is absolutely stunning! We’re with the others: get back to work!

Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 03-11-2011 05:34 AM

I checked out your Flickr page and you have some really unique and beautiful work. Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#13 posted 03-11-2011 09:07 AM

After carving for 25 year and judging several shows in California and Idaho, I agree. Get back to carving. The pieces show a good grasp of composition, anatomy and planning. Don’t rate yourself based on one show. Did you like the piece? Do you enjoy the work? Enter in 10 to 20 shows to get a good idea of your abilities. I have seen pieces fail to win a first place ribbon in one show go on to win best of show in anther. Ask the judge(s) for a personal critic. Most judges are happy to do this. Andrew, I think you have a future in carving. Have fun.

-- Tony, Sacramento

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#14 posted 03-11-2011 12:47 PM

You have to get back to the tools, dont care for the judgments of a show.
You have done a wonderful job, amazing.
So back in the jungle please, so we can see more in the future.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 06:28 PM

Awesome carving … one of the best things I learned in art school… there will ALWAYS be someone lesser and greater than you. So what if you didn’t get a mention … art is about being fearless to obtain your own satisfaction and knowing when to stop. I was just at your website … great stuff. You are in the right place here on LJs, it is an amazing place to get inspired and reinvigorated. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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