Fidei Defensor

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Project by Andrew Boyce posted 03-12-2011 03:25 PM 2204 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a mask carved in English Walnut and has horns made from Jelutong. I was really surprised to find how easy it was to shape the horns as the wood is almost like balsa wood.
The walnut is very tough but the finish is what I fell in love with. I was inspired to carve it from a terracotta roof ornament in a book that I saw in a book. Despite his devilish appearance he seems more of a jester figure to live with…!

-- Maker of Stuff....

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 03:36 PM

Very cool! I really like his expression, looking kind of surprised!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 05:35 PM

I like! Great, good work. (Reference to Balsa Wood…I’ve turned a lot of parts in Balsa: stair balusters and other breakaway stuff for movie makers) and I found that stuff really difficult to turn. Sort of like trying to turn bubblegum! What are the dimensions of your carving??

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#3 posted 03-12-2011 05:40 PM

Thanks Stephen, the face is 12” tall and the horns 14” or so.

-- Maker of Stuff....

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 01:03 AM

Nice work Andrew. I am trying to get up enough courage to do a mask and then lead up to do a face mask of myself. Good stuff! Keep it coming!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 01:46 PM

That’s gotta be the mythical god Pan. Really good job capturing expression.

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

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 05:02 PM

I’d say he looks incredulous, like he is shocked at your audacity to have made him.. LOL. Great carving, but what made you title him “Defender of Faith?”

-- " '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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#7 posted 03-16-2011 06:26 PM

Thanks for that…
I used to collect english coins, and the ones with queen Victoria on in my collection carried the inscription fid., def, ind, imp. when I saw that the full version read fidei defensor etc (defender of the faith, empress of india)I just thought it sounded right for his attitude! He seemed to rule all he surveyed !
Nothing deep really…!

Thanks for all your kind words.

-- Maker of Stuff....

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 01:42 PM

Truly amazing work of art. Museum quality for sure. I’m in awe.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 05:07 PM

Really well done, but I don’t think I’d like that in my house!

Very well done, though….......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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