Crystal Mount for a Yoga Studio

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Project by Druid posted 1132 days ago 1174 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago, I was asked to provide a holder for a Smokey Quartz crystal that had been purchased by the owner of a Yoga studio. Since the crystal was too beautiful to have any portion of it hidden, I decided to show all of it by carving a life-size version of my hand holding it. Yes, the crystal really is that large. My thumb is 1” wide just below the thumbnail.
I left the bulk of the section of the log intact for stability, but flattened the back to fit up against a wall when placed on a shelf in the studio entrance. The log had been fully dried with no checks, and the final stage of the carving had to be done from the inside out. By that I mean that the “inner” surfaces of the thumb and fingers had to be completed first in order to ensure a tight, upright fit for the crystal. Then the “outside” of the thumb and fingers had to be carved to match the positions of the inner surfaces. I wish I had taken photos of the process, but this project was done well before I found out about LumberJocks. I also am not sure as to the type of wood. Next time, I’ll keep notes. Enjoy.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#1 posted 1132 days ago

Very clever idea, great carving!

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#2 posted 1131 days ago

Hey John, pity about the photo “flash” in your pics it mabey detractes from the end result.
a creative idea & nice job all the same :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 1131 days ago

Thanks for the comments, and yes the flash was a problem. Sorry about that. If I can enhance the originals, I’ll post them, but the piece is no longer available for me to take new photos.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 1121 days ago

An interesting piece of forethought to ensure the fit first and then carve the balance. A really innovative way to display such a large mineral sample! Thanks for posting this.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 1121 days ago

Hi Mark, Glad you liked the method.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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