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Project by Ellen posted 01-29-2007 07:22 PM 3211 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year I donate a heart shaped project to a local charity here in Memphis. This silent auctioned event draws over 400 people to bid on work that over 100 “Heartists” donate.

This year, I had purchased a piece of maple that had huge worm holes on the underside that made me think of a Manta Ray fish. So I created this heart shape as a Manta Ray and then created a wave for it to be riding high on.

This sculpture is created using an angle grinder, to get the shape and then from there mostly hand sanding since there are very few flat surfaces. The underside of my heart, I applied a fruitwood stain for contrast. And like all my pieces this is sanded to 4000 grit and finished with tung oil and a final coat of wax. This is one of the largest sculptures that I have made, as it is 21” L x 12” W x 11” T.

Hope you like it.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 01-29-2007 07:47 PM

oh, Ellen… this is the most beautiful heart, story, gift, flow, wood, beauty…..
the lines are amazing, everything in motion.

The charity sounds like it is true gift to the community and your creation definitely signifies the love shared in helping others.
Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ll be coming back to look at it many times.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 01-29-2007 08:04 PM

Beautiful..Sure missed you around here. Glad to see this project. Of course you could have waited and posted it after the competion…

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Philip Edwards

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#3 posted 01-29-2007 08:17 PM

That is wonderful Ellen! You truly are gifted!
Phil

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Ellen

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#4 posted 01-29-2007 10:02 PM

I have missed being in the “running” for a while, as we have been busy building a screend-in porch and an entertainment center, but I had the obligation to work on this design and create a sculpture for the charity event. When we finish the entertainment center, I will add that to the site.

Thanks so much for the kind words!

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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Don

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#5 posted 01-30-2007 12:42 AM

Ellen, this is a beautiful piece. As I always view the pictures before reading I was pleased that I “got it”. The images ‘Riding High’ created in my mind were: water, fluid motion, dolphin, heart-shaped organic, tactile, gentle, & sensually soft.

I really admire your artistry and am particularly inspired by your sculptured boxes. Thanks!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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scottb

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#6 posted 01-30-2007 06:40 AM

“Heartists”, I like that… the sculpture too. Beautiful.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Mesca

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#7 posted 02-01-2007 04:41 PM

This is just beautiful. Can’t think of anything more to say about it other than it gives me a wonderful feeling just looking at it.

-- Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.

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#8 posted 12-01-2007 04:38 AM

VERY beautiful.

-- I love this site !

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alanealane

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#9 posted 12-03-2007 03:54 PM

WHOA!! What a piece of ART! Congrats on your amazing talent!!

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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darryl

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#10 posted 05-08-2008 03:38 AM

this is an amazing piece of carving. it’s not the first time I’ve looked at this, but I’m not going to pass up another chance to let you know how great a job you did!

I just love the way this piece flows.

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trifern

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#11 posted 05-27-2008 01:38 PM

Gorgeous piece of art.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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alanealane

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#12 posted 08-08-2008 07:55 PM

I just saw my post above and had forgot I looked at this before. I’m just as amazed as I was the first time….I think….sorry can’t remember! ;-D

I will try this wood sculpturing someday!! Please keep inspiring me and other LJ’s to use our imaginations. It’s so easy to go buy some plans and follow the directions to make a piece, but coming up with your own design is beyond gratifying.

-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses

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#13 posted 12-30-2008 05:58 AM

You are so imaginative, it is truly amazing what your eyes see!! Beautiful work, Ellen!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#14 posted 12-30-2008 07:41 AM

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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dustygirl

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#15 posted 12-30-2008 05:06 PM

What a beautiful piece you have created Ellen.I love it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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