solatarius lamentum

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Project by darkhollow posted 07-06-2011 06:37 AM 2016 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this piece a few years ago, as a self-portrait, at a time when a number of family members, including my father and both living grandparents, had recently passed away. It is of Basswood, stained with STRONG espresso with a paste-wax coat, and stands about three feet tall. It was purchased for a church, as a representation of Adam leaving the Garden of Eden, though that was not whom I’d intended it to be.

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#1 posted 07-06-2011 07:14 AM

Wonderful detail. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 10:15 AM


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#3 posted 07-06-2011 12:44 PM

Great work – really detailed!

If this is a depiction of Adam, shouldn’t the wood have been a lot darker? Something like Bubinga or Mahogany?


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#4 posted 07-06-2011 01:18 PM

Very nice. The expressive detailing of the face is remarkable.

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#5 posted 07-06-2011 02:10 PM

didnt the story say something about him covering his naked parts? lol

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#6 posted 07-06-2011 02:47 PM

Powerful stuff.

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#7 posted 07-06-2011 04:39 PM

He must have been a hit with the ladies!

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#8 posted 07-06-2011 06:23 PM

Nicely done.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

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#9 posted 07-06-2011 09:06 PM

hi very nice piece of carving great detail in it


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#10 posted 07-06-2011 09:10 PM

you do really inspiring work. i really like the emotion in his face

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#11 posted 07-07-2011 04:39 AM

It’s a wonderful piece, no doubt about it. BUT….. I noticed one thing :). Ahhhh I’m sorry but I think there’s one mistake in your piece. If he is a representation of Adam, shouldn’t he be circumcised?

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#12 posted 07-07-2011 05:46 AM

I’ve clarified the description a bit… I never intended it to be Adam, that was how it was interpreted by some, including the man who bought it. A friend had even made him a fig leaf to wear when doing family craft shows! On another note, I’m certainly not a biblical scholar, but if Adam and Even were the first two people, could a mohel have been found to perform a circumcision?...

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#13 posted 07-07-2011 06:06 AM

I’m not familiar with the word “moil” so I looked at up at the dictionary and it means hard work, drudgery, confusion, and turmoil. So I’m confuse. Could you please elaborate what you mean by “could a moil have been found to perform circumcision”. Thanks.

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#14 posted 07-07-2011 06:19 AM

It was a spelling mistake, i meant mohel, the Rabbi trained in the circumcision ritual. i corrected the speling in the original post. thanks

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#15 posted 07-07-2011 10:08 AM

This is impressive, beautiful work.


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