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Project by mtnwild posted 04-19-2011 02:00 AM 2326 views 6 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a design by inspiration piece.

I have a Guardian Angel watching over me. I believe. Never could have made it this far without “it?”

Sometimes it lets me know I was helped, if I was paying attention. What, I could have done that alone? No way.

Well I have a Guardian Angel in the flesh too.

She is there to make sure I’m okay. She loves to help the lost ones. Puppies, kittens, strays and wild things of all kinds. I owe her so much.
She lights up the most when she tells me stories of the people she meets volunteering at the Veterans hospital here in Seattle. People she helps, I say. She goes four days a week, six till eleven. Wow…........
That’s because, like a lot of others she lost her job. That won’t last. She has too much energy and desire to be helping others. She’s just a test away from her nursing license. No problem…..........

Like I said I owe her so much. Money can’t buy what she means to me, so luckily, I’m a craftsman. So this is what I came up with. She loves Angels.

She stops by often, so I had to hide it from her, till today.

Very fun giving it to her. She knew I was working on a very special inspirational piece, because I teared up when she asked what the inspiration was for the mystery cane, I was working on and I couldn’t tell her.

Wood is a golden mahogany I think. Was given to me as firewood from a furniture maker.

Purple heart, rosewood, maple, cedar.

Oh, the face and hallo were carved from a small piece of walrus ivory I had leftover from a broken cribbage board I was traded.

Hope you enjoy…..........She LOVES IT!! :)


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





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#1 posted 04-19-2011 02:30 AM

That was a great story.
I think we all have an angle among us, but only a few slow down to see them.
And what a great piece of craftsmanship to go alone with it.

-- Chuck

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#2 posted 04-19-2011 03:13 AM

Wow! Beautiful work and a great story to go along with it! This is beautiful!

-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 04-19-2011 03:16 AM

Lovely. Nice work.

always,
J.C.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#4 posted 04-19-2011 03:16 AM

A great story and the cane….........I just love it. Even more as the story gives what already has depth,...even more.

Always the greatest reward, when we do for those to which we love, what we wouldn’t do for ourselves. Gifts from the heart, the soul.

I’m guessing that my guardian angel is exhausted. : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 04-19-2011 03:54 AM

Another great piece of work. Well done! The story as the cane is very moving. Thanks.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#6 posted 04-19-2011 04:08 AM

Very Nice

-- Vince

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 06:25 AM

Beautiful! I call this a “Connection”!

-- Kuwait, http://www.exportingtalent.com , http://www.facebook.com/KUWAIT.DESIGN.WORKSHOP

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#8 posted 04-19-2011 06:55 AM

Very interesting assembly. I like how you have created layers of shapes, forms and wood pattern. Quite ingeniously done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 07:18 AM

Beautiful design and fabulous contrast with the walrus ivory. A wonderful tribute to your ‘in the flesh’ guardian angel.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#10 posted 04-19-2011 07:34 AM

That is indeed a very inspirational cane. Just looking at it, I feel tranquil, up-lifting, spiritual, and yes , as if your guardian angel is also watching over me. I have my own guardian angel for many years. I know, because without my angel, I would be dead from a road-rage incident 18 years ago. I also talk to my angel and, by the way, that’s why some people think I’m “Goofy”. I don’t care; I think they’re just jealous that I know and have something they don’t! 8-}
Oh, is walrus ivory hard to carve on? What kind of tools do you use on it?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 04-19-2011 09:32 AM

Great story and nice work. Mine likes to tease me. Looked all over for my glasses tonight. My wife looked for a few minutes too. I was setting down to do emails and she told me I dropped them, but not where. Lucky I didn’t step on them! I wish she would let me change teh future when I know what is going to happen, but it ain’t in the cards, yet ;-(

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

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#12 posted 04-19-2011 11:56 AM

beautiful cane; beautiful Angel; beautiful story.

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

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#13 posted 04-19-2011 01:31 PM

Wonderful, Jack. Amazing figure, and amazing the way the figure of the wood flows, as if blown by a strong wind from the front (wind in the angels face from flying?); also, the lower ‘business end’ of the cane is of a very unique form and color. Very stunning.

Stephen

-- Stephen Mines (Saltmines@aol.com)

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#14 posted 04-19-2011 01:53 PM

Thanks all for taking the time to comment.

This was my most difficult project yet, but was also the most fun to do.
I took some process photos if anyone wants to see. Might be able to blog that. Think I know how now.

Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#15 posted 04-19-2011 03:34 PM

I wish I could look at a piece of wood and see what you see. That’s very nice!

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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