Embellished Egg

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Project by mpounders posted 05-11-2011 04:50 PM 1896 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The instructions provided said “keep carving the flower and leaves until someone asks you how you got the flower to stick to that egg. Then you will know you have it right.” At first glance that would sound like the difficult part!
A lady at the last carving club meeting provided a rectabular piece of wood, some brief instructions, and a carved example of a wooden egg with a flower on it, for us to duplicate. At first glance, it seemed simple and easy enough project, but as I carved and carved and carved, making an impressive pile of chips, I discovered that making a nice wooden egg without a lathe requires a lot of work! I can be stubborn and I was determined to get an egg shape no matter how long it took! I was so proud when I finally got some thing that didn’t look like a football. I spent quite a few hours over the past month working on that simple shape with just knives. When I had it really close, I used a small sanding drum on my flex tool to smooth it out. The instructions and example left more knife marks showing, but I like my eggs smooth! The dogwood blossom took a lot less time, but I took the instructions to heart and took extra time to try and achieve more realism in the carving. I used a pyrographic pen to shade and add details to the flowers and leaves. I paint a lot of my carvings, which hides some of the cool effects that you can get with burning, so I decided to leave this unpainted and just finish it with a boiled linseed oil mixture. Thank’s for looking.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 05:38 PM

great job .nice form as well

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 05:43 PM

Very beautiful eggs)

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#3 posted 05-11-2011 06:00 PM

Very nice carving. Thanks for sharing your feelings.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#4 posted 05-11-2011 06:04 PM

Great job! very nice.

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#5 posted 05-11-2011 06:12 PM

Great detail on the flower petals. Over-all, a very good job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 05-11-2011 07:38 PM

I’m impressed nice egg and flower.

-- Bob "Every breath I take as a Free man was paid for with the blood of an American Soldier"

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#7 posted 05-11-2011 09:01 PM

The dogwood blossom is very nice but the egg, what can I say about the egg. OK, I use to do a little (key word is little) carving myself so believe me when I say that the egg from a rectangular block is impressive.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ 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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#8 posted 05-11-2011 09:21 PM

Man, I gotta tell you that some of the simplest things can be difficult to achieve. I also carve little snowmen for holiday gifts and it is really a pain to carve little rounded balls stacked up witha a hat or something on them! Fortunately I don’t try to get them this smooth.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#9 posted 05-11-2011 10:25 PM

How did you get that flower to stick on the egg?

-- The confused powertool using galoot

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#10 posted 05-12-2011 12:24 AM

really cool!

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#11 posted 05-12-2011 01:31 AM

I agree with the others that you did a great job with the egg and flowers and I am impressed with the simpleness of the carving which means it is not easy to do at all!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 05-12-2011 01:16 PM

Great job! The burning looks great!

-- christopheralan

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#13 posted 05-12-2011 03:54 PM

Fantastic job!

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

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#14 posted 05-12-2011 04:37 PM

Good work. The carving and coloration work well together!

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#15 posted 05-14-2011 12:11 AM

very cool!!!

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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