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Here’s a mantel I did a number of years ago. They wanted the panels to come alive and this is what I came up with. The entire back ground was hand stippled,,,,,Yes it took a while!!
-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)
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#1 posted 02-01-2008 04:53 AM
Wow. That is some fantastic craftsmanship, Les!
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"
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#2 posted 02-01-2008 05:21 AM
That is impressive, Les. Well done.
-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon
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#3 posted 02-01-2008 06:02 AM
great work ! how many hours ? what is the wood ?
-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain
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#4 posted 02-01-2008 08:46 AM
Wow, that really came out great. I sure wish I could carve like some of you guys.
-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/
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#5 posted 02-01-2008 08:51 AM
I am sure that did take a while to do. Very nice piece.
-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python
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#6 posted 02-01-2008 10:59 AM
Egads!! Beautiful seems inadequate.
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#7 posted 02-01-2008 12:06 PM
Good job. I admire the carving.
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#8 posted 02-01-2008 01:07 PM
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#9 posted 02-01-2008 01:09 PM
very nice work les !
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#10 posted 02-01-2008 01:21 PM
That is gorgeous. As I said in an earlier post walnut is such a wonderful wood with which to work. The carvings really make this piece unique. I can’t really tell from the picture but does the room have walnut wainscoting as well or is this another element of the mantel?
I am envious of those like you Les that can carve. This is an invaluable gift that adds an entirely different dimension to woodworking projects.
-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine
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#11 posted 02-01-2008 01:56 PM
But can you do long leaf maple!!! :)
-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)
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#12 posted 02-01-2008 02:04 PM
that is very nice!!!
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso
#13 posted 02-01-2008 02:17 PM
All the walls in the room was walnut. I don’t remember how many hours went into the carvings, these were done about 15 years ago or so, all I can you is that it was plenty.
Thanks for all the comments!!
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#14 posted 02-01-2008 02:52 PM
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)
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#15 posted 02-01-2008 04:18 PM
Wow Les, your carving is fantastic. “Wanted it to come alive”!! This couldn’t get any closer to the real thing…wow, fantastic work.
-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA
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