Carved Red Fox

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Project by LelandStone posted 09-29-2011 07:19 AM 1453 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I worked at a local theme park this past summer, helping build their Halloween shows and mazes. One of the designers would sometimes visit a site, usually with a list of changes or additions to be made. None of these were especially bothersome – they were usually quite minor – and he made the changes easier to make by bringing a huge bag of candy with him to share with the crew.

The candy was such a memorable gesture that I wanted to do more than simply say “thank you,” so I carved this little red fox from basswood. It’s based on simple plans in the latest “Woodcarving” magazine, and might have taken me three hours of very pleasant time to carve and finish. Why a fox? Well, that happens to be how the designer pronounces his last name. ^^

-- Leland, OC California

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#1 posted 09-29-2011 05:41 PM

Very cute.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 09-29-2011 06:14 PM

I’m guessing you’re talking about Knotts Berry Farm? My brother worked there one summer doing that…building the mazes, painting scary stuff, lol! (This was years ago). He really enjoyed doing that until he somehow made an enemy of someone higher up then him, so he finished out that summer and that was it.

Anyhow…very cute little fox, and nice paint job….I’m sure the guy will really like it :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#3 posted 09-29-2011 07:35 PM

love it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 09-29-2011 08:38 PM

Yup, I was a Haunt Carpenter!

You know, it struck me one afternoon (as I was in back of the shop, carving a Corinthian capital for a styrofoam column, surrounded by rubber cockroaches, bloody creatures of various sorts, noxious chemicals and dangerous woodworking machines), “This is the perfect job for me!”

Thanks so much for the kind words, and I’ll post photos of the “Ghastly Trinket Box” I’m making for another designer soon. :D


-- Leland, OC California

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#5 posted 09-29-2011 10:00 PM

That is a wonderful little carving. I love the paint job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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