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OTTER ON THE HUNT

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Project by MichaelA posted 04-18-2011 02:01 AM 1349 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well Terri and I are back in Texas and I are gearing back up for some new projects Our last art sale at Halo Flight Benefit just about cleaned us out of projects.This otter is made from Texas ebony and is with out doubt the hardest wood I have encountered,(Mesquite wood, would be considered bass wood.) I broke 2 pfeil chisels on it and almost cried..I have been carving Pancho Villa in Mesquite for quite awhile now, 4’ high statue.This Texas ebony is one of the most beautiful grained and colored wood there is. Also it is very heavy.I have a 12’ high stump lined up,we are going to have to have at least a 680 backhoe to pick it up to load it.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 02:48 AM

unique

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 09:45 AM

certainly a departure from your previous work, I suspect the photos are strugling to do justice to what looks like a very “subtle” piece , nice job :)

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

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Jiri Parkman

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 01:50 PM

Tris is beautiful piece of modern art. You caught the movement and atmosphere of the hunt perfectly. And you were happy with the choice of wood. Congratulations.

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 02:30 PM

An outstanding carving. I can’t stop looking at it.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 02:06 PM

I love the form, great piece of work.

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 02:18 PM

Cool piece!

Great idea, well done. Very cool…................

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

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MichaelA

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#7 posted 05-15-2011 01:19 AM

Thank you all for your comments.Where we are staying,some times it takes a while to get on line and get a good signal.It is great to get a chance to see all the new projects and learn some valuable info.Have fun being creative.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 05:52 PM

I really love the transition from wood to creatures. Very amazing and creative.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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#9 posted 04-25-2012 02:48 AM

Ok, I thought I was the only glutton for punishment….fantastic! You know about the native Ebony, too! I really love your composition.

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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MichaelA

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 03:54 AM

Hi scrimman great to hear from another carver who has experienced the great Texas woods. We are either just captivated by the beauty of the grain flow and natural movement of contrast or like you said gluttons for punishment! Mesquite and Texas ebony are my favorite woods for stylized carving and I don’t care how many chisels I break. (ouch).

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 04-25-2012 02:56 PM

This carving is so nice. It shows a lot of imagination and creativity and is nicely done. Thanks.

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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MichaelA

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#12 posted 04-26-2012 03:07 AM

Thank you helluvawreck!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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