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Project by Ellen posted 01-20-2008 01:06 AM 2284 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year I donate a heart to a silent auction for charity. You have seen lots of these on my projects page, but this time I decided to try my hand at stone! I am thinking, maybe this will sell for more than my wood projects in the past.

I used limestone and this piece is about 6” wide x 5” tall x 6” thick. The base is a wonderful piece of African Mahogany.

It seemed to be not that much different than doing some of my woodwork. You still have to sand it to 2000 grit, but you only do wet sanding in a rubber tub with it, after you have mostly got it roughed out. A final coat of wax really brought out the shine and made it look like a jewel.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks, Ellen

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 01-20-2008 01:44 AM

Ellen, I am an admirer of all your projects as you have a definate artistic ability and an eye for detail.
I love this new piece, the design, symmetry, texture and color are all wonderful and unique. You are truly and artist and craftsperson. Thanks for sharing this piece and all of you others. The charity is lucky to have you as a donator.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 01-20-2008 01:59 AM

This is really cool.

-- Chelle

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 02:50 AM

Ellen. A great piece. Nice job. Hope that it brings a fortune for the charity.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 04:40 AM


Well done, you’ve set the benchmark that much higher with this work – a significant contribution to the fund raiser.

Good Health
Tony Ward

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~

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#5 posted 01-20-2008 08:38 AM

Welcome to Lithojocks! Let’s see some stonework, as a friend of mine might have said.

Wonderful of you to donate your considerable talents to charity. The piece is up to your posted wooden contributions (beautiful and beautifully executed, with a decidedly artistic flair). Please let us know if the sculptural stone strategy bares more fruit than your wooden creations.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 01-20-2008 10:17 AM

Ellen the heart design is really nice. I like the combination of wood and stone – should fetch a nice price for your charity.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-20-2008 12:00 PM

Very nice. It looks like you really spent a lot of time on this. Good luck on the charity fund raising.

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#8 posted 01-20-2008 12:12 PM

as always—amazing work.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-20-2008 02:24 PM

Terrific work Ellen!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 01-20-2008 03:27 PM

It’s artistic and creative folk like you that make my gray world colorful.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#11 posted 02-10-2008 02:05 AM

Your work has won my heart.

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#12 posted 12-30-2008 05:40 AM

A century from now, on an episode of Antique’s Road show, there will be someone who is an expert on 21st century sculpture. On that episode, the person’s heir, who won this silent auction, will be told it is worth a fortune. He will elaborate on other sculpture’s this talented sculptor has done, that have sold at previous auctions for millions, and the sculptor’s name is Ellen!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 12-30-2008 05:50 AM

Holy cow Ellen! I am a big fan of your work and this piece is exactly why.

I think your charitable acts say a lot for your character.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 03-11-2009 08:27 AM

This is outstanding too! I really love your design flare on all your projects! Like the true Artist you are I think you could adapt to any medium!

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#15 posted 09-28-2009 12:26 AM

Great work really all of your works are great bravoooooo

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