"Traditional Dancer"

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Project by mpounders posted 04-18-2011 06:15 AM 1342 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,

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 06:58 AM

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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#2 posted 04-18-2011 09:26 AM

Nice work Mike & really well painted

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

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 10:49 AM

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

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

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 12:39 PM

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 01:06 PM

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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#6 posted 04-18-2011 01:35 PM

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

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 04-18-2011 02:02 PM

another masterpiece Mike. Well done.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 02:20 PM

Awesome job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 03:46 PM

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,

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#11 posted 04-18-2011 05:19 PM

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

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

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 02:11 AM

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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#13 posted 04-19-2011 02:02 PM

Great job as always!

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#14 posted 04-19-2011 10:01 PM

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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#15 posted 06-04-2011 05:13 AM

This little guy is really detailed!


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