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Project by mpounders posted 1192 days ago 1164 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my completed powwow-dancer, a Traditional style dancer. Most carvings I see of Native Americans always have a stoic expression, so I wanted to try something with a smile, an expression of happiness. Dancing has a spiritual aspect but also is a lot of fun for spectators and the dancers. The costumes, the various styles, the movements, and sounds all seemed fascinating as a subject for a carving. I hope I have captured some of the spirit and pageantry of the dance.

He stands 13 inches tall and about 7 inches wide and is carved from basswood. He is decorated with acrylic paint, brass nails, wire brads, and various separately carved attachments and feathers. You can find additional pictures here# . Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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Bearpie

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#1 posted 1192 days ago

Wow, what a wonderful carving! This li’l fella is very colorful and lively looking. Kudos to you!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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tdv

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#2 posted 1192 days ago

Nice work Mike & really well painted
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1192 days ago

WoW!! lots of work into that one! awesome painting on top of awesome carving.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 1191 days ago

it’s wonderful.
fantastic job and thank you for sharing the progress with us.

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

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BigTiny

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#5 posted 1191 days ago

As someone who is part Kahnawake Mohawk, this carving brings back memories. You planning any more in the series?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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MShort

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#6 posted 1191 days ago

Well done. The carving is a feat in itself and what detail you have on the painting. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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Roger

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#7 posted 1191 days ago

very awesome. it’s been nice watching him come to life

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 1191 days ago

another masterpiece Mike. Well done.
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-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Rob W

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#9 posted 1191 days ago

Awesome job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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mpounders

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#10 posted 1191 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the kind remarks, especially Big Tiny. Your comments were exactly what I hoped to accomplish, to evoke….memories! I had orginally thought about making it an automaton that danced, so I may have to try another! I would appreciate any suggestions you might have for a subject, if you have any ideas!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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grizzman

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#11 posted 1191 days ago

that is one very cool carving..what a great painting job..your one great carver…thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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MichaelA

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#12 posted 1191 days ago

Nice carving Mike your dancer is in step and nicely dressed.

-- 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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joey

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#13 posted 1190 days ago

Great job as always!

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

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GaryD

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#14 posted 1190 days ago

Fantastic job. Well DOne

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Jordan

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#15 posted 1145 days ago

This little guy is really detailed!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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