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I pulled some pieces from in front of my neighbors, destroyed home a few doors down, in order to give them some token from the windblown oak that has left them in domiciliary limbo.
After some research, i realized a Dryad may be the best symbol for such a life change. I revisited the pile of branches from the -at least five foot diameter granddaddy- oak, and found her…

I guess it is my first real chainsaw carving. -and first attempt at that much face.
-oak is not my favorite, and this had soft and hard spots all mixed in that made it a little tough.

-i liked that it had a belly button place, complete with fuzz and a pecan that had been embedded for…well, i did not count the rings. -knocked it off in a sanding accident -retrieved part of it.

-- christine

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#1 posted 1227 days ago

That is very coo…..A hidden Beauty…at first glance I thought it was just a log.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 1227 days ago

Your skills are something else !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#3 posted 1227 days ago

wow, she is beautiful!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 1227 days ago


-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1227 days ago

Great carving and illustration.

It looks like the nymph of the oak went through some desaster.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 1227 days ago

Nice carving. Sad story.

-- Jiri

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#7 posted 1227 days ago

That’s listening to the wood. Nice project. Love seeing what people see in rough wood and bringing it out. Cool…...........

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

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#8 posted 1227 days ago

Man great work! Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 1227 days ago

Great job Christine. You really have a great gift in being able to see the beauty in wood and the masterpieces that want to come out of it. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

-- Matt -

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#10 posted 1226 days ago

not to offend anyone
but I do think you have taken the crying madona to new hights
and looking for the herisont it seems to me she is ready to match with a big sailship

well done Christine :-)

thankĀ“s for sharing

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#11 posted 1226 days ago


Beautiful work. I hope and pray that this means your carpel tunnel surgery and recovery was successful.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#12 posted 1226 days ago

I’ll leave the ship to you, Dennis; i’m not ready for that yet -let me start with a chair, or something less dangerous if it is faulty and made with uncured wood!
-OH, YEAH!! -Herb, now i just need to make time to get the other one done! -it only hurts and gets numb in my arm for the most part; i can still feel with it, so i’m riding on the cortisone shots for now! -I think how grateful i am for that surgery every day!

-- christine

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#13 posted 1225 days ago

To me the natural and the beautiful are in the same place. You did both justice. I am humbled at your skill. And Dennis to me she should be on the bow of a ship. imo

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 1225 days ago

that was excacly what I ment as a (galionsfigur ) figurehead on the bow when I said match a ship :-)


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#15 posted 1225 days ago

and she’s crying for the family.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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