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Project by mpounders posted 10-04-2011 08:22 PM 2720 views 4 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I seem to have a habit of naming my carvings of ladies after songs and I’m not sure exactly why. My music tastes are random and I can’t sing or play an instrument. Maybe carving is how I sing, how I try to provoke a feeling or emotion in an audience? I don’t really start a carving with the intention of creating a particular look or appearance; I just start the basic shape of a head and different features and try to get the right shapes and placement blocked out, more of an exercise in form than in art. But, at some point, the nose or shape of the mouth or some element starts to take shape in a way that seems to grab me, that inspires the rest of the piece. I get drawn in trying to figure out how to correctly shape the beauty that I discover almost accidently. And as I work, a song or title will just come to me and the more I think about the song, the more something about it seems to fit the carving. I am not sure who this is or what she sees or what she may be thinking about. Maybe she hears the song that I hear? Thanks for looking and thanks to all who have followed my progress on this piece!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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#1 posted 10-04-2011 08:27 PM

Absolutely fantastic job Mike!

Rob Witzke

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 08:59 PM

I’ve been following your blog but the color reproduction on this shot is perfect. A superb job, Mike!

And the block looks good, too :-)

-- Carvin' Tom, Pittsburgh, PA, www.carvintom.blogspot.com No, I'm *not* retired. I am a "recycled teenager!"

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 08:59 PM

Mike

When I first saw this piece, my comment to you was going to be “You have one beautiful model there”. I could not believe, as I read your description, that there was no model. You are gifted and have a real talent.

Keep up the great work,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 09:13 PM

Fabulous carving, Mike! By the description of your process, you obviously have the soul of an artist, and the skills to match.

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

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 09:14 PM

Beautiful Mike

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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mpounders

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 09:30 PM

Thanks all of you for your kind remarks. I really enjoy both the contemplative and the physically creative side of carving, but the process of learning still continues! I am not sure that I have the talent or skill to do a portrait….it’s easier if you’re not following a plan!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 09:32 PM

I don’t know about how all of that works, Mike, but I do know one thing; your work is getting to be breath taking – really breath taking.

-- 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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#8 posted 10-04-2011 09:48 PM

Well if it is considered music its the best song I’ve ever heard. You have such great talent thanks for sharing with all of us..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 10-04-2011 10:05 PM

Fantastic! Thanks for posting.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#10 posted 10-04-2011 10:06 PM

Very well done! I also really like your thoughts on your carving and how it relates to music!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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hairy

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#11 posted 10-04-2011 10:13 PM

All I can say is WOW!

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#12 posted 10-04-2011 10:18 PM

OMG, I think I’m in love…..............

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#13 posted 10-04-2011 10:19 PM

Mike, that is beautiful.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#14 posted 10-04-2011 10:49 PM

Fantastic Work Mike!! She is a Beauty…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 10-04-2011 10:56 PM

wonderful,wonderful

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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