Walnut Mantel with carved panels

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Project by Les Hastings posted 2400 days ago 1662 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 2400 days ago

Wow. That is some fantastic craftsmanship, Les!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 2400 days ago

That is impressive, Les. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 2399 days ago

great work ! how many hours ? what is the wood ?

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#4 posted 2399 days ago

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."

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#5 posted 2399 days ago

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 2399 days ago

Egads!! Beautiful seems inadequate.

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#7 posted 2399 days ago

Good job. I admire the carving.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 2399 days ago

Downright impressive.

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#9 posted 2399 days ago

very nice work les !

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#10 posted 2399 days ago

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 2399 days ago

But can you do long leaf maple!!! :)

-- Marshall _ Wichita, Ks _ "Growing Old is Mandatory - - Growing Up Is Optional" :)

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#12 posted 2399 days ago

that is very nice!!!

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

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#13 posted 2399 days ago

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!!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#14 posted 2399 days ago

absolutely stunning

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#15 posted 2399 days ago

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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