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Project by Roger Strautman posted 07-02-2011 04:41 AM 2358 views 9 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across The American’s Creek quote and I just had to carve it. The biggest challenge was how would I present this quot to show it’s true importance. I chose to make the complex mahogany frame to grab your attention and draw you in to see just what there might be inside it’s borders. After I carved the quot I wanted to add some kind of decoration and I found that complex frame added a degree a difficulty that I wasn’t expecting but after many design ideas I settled on what you see.

The piece is 42” x 29” made of mahogany and basswood. The mahogany frame is stained and the basswood panel was bleached and then chip carved.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"





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#1 posted 07-02-2011 04:54 AM

Amazing!

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 05:18 AM

My friend, you sure do some lovely work. I know you spent many many hours working on this.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 05:23 AM

That’s some wonderful work, well done!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 05:36 AM

Stunning! FANTASTIC job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-02-2011 05:40 AM

Wonderful Carving.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 07-02-2011 06:10 AM

Roger: Another great project. beautiful job.

I think that you design planning came to fruition.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Brit

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#7 posted 07-02-2011 09:47 AM

Beautifully executed Roger. You’re an inspiration.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#8 posted 07-02-2011 11:45 AM

oh my goodness!!!!
an extraordinary piece and the frame is … is…... WOW.

beautiful

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

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#9 posted 07-02-2011 01:10 PM

WOW… That’s beautiful!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#10 posted 07-02-2011 02:29 PM

very beautiful craftsmanship and extraordinary design great job

-- freighttrain,ky

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#11 posted 07-02-2011 07:00 PM

Again large format, beautiful design and composition and DEEEP, CLEEEN carving make this something for us newer carvers to aspire to. Thanks and good luck. steve

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#12 posted 07-02-2011 08:22 PM

This is a great piece I am impressd

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#13 posted 07-03-2011 12:13 AM

Fantastic! Beautiful, classy, dignified, could go on and on. Love it. Now that’s a definition of custom, when it’s asked again…...........

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

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#14 posted 07-03-2011 01:10 AM

Beautiful project. I would say you have outside mitering down pat. (remembering other recent threads)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#15 posted 07-03-2011 03:57 AM

Roger,

Your work is really outstanding! We can’t imagine all the hours involved in such fine detail. The frame is the crowning touch! Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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