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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 10-16-2011 04:16 AM 1782 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently noticed that Martin had posted a contest blog seeking projects that are #1 made from scrap #2 are made in 1 day and #3 balance. When I read that it had to “balance” I immediately thought about some sort of circus act. The scrap wood choice was easy too as these pieces have been laying around for quite some time. The head and base is Texas Ebony, and the plate is Sycamore. The dowel is just a dowel that came in one of my cherry tree toy kits. The wood was sent to me a long time ago by Gary, one of our fellow lumberjocks here. The finish is lacquer. I turned the plate on the lathe and carved a majority of the face with power carvers. The total time taken was ~7 hrs 20 min. It was quite the little rush job.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 04:20 AM


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#2 posted 10-16-2011 04:26 AM

KEITH!!! Hows it going buddie? Great to see you back in the saddle. Hope you’re going to stick around for a while. Great project….I’m sure it will win….

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 04:44 AM

Keith: A great balancing act. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 04:45 AM

That’s real neat Keith, good to see you back.
All the best buddy.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 07:27 AM

How creative! Great job for that challenge.


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#6 posted 10-16-2011 11:03 AM

What a return, that is amazing.
I love the contrast and I love the almost ‘like water’ thick laquer.
If I could only carve like that in a week.
That was one of my favorite circus acts as a child to watch.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 02:25 PM

That’s a great effort for the balancing contest. Nice work.

-- 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 10-16-2011 02:45 PM

Great work Keith please try to post more often we kind of lost you for a while and we miss you too.

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#9 posted 10-16-2011 04:13 PM

Wow, thats a great little project. I really like the carving of the face and how you got everything to balance out.

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#10 posted 10-17-2011 05:27 PM

Hey Keith,
Great to see you back in the shop and what a cool project this is. A very interesting direction on the balancing theme and great execution on the project. Thanks again for sharing another wonderful piece.

-- Matt -

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 02:34 AM

dang—that is AWESOME.
very creative and the carving—wow.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 08:37 PM


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

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#13 posted 10-20-2011 02:28 PM


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-23-2011 12:57 AM

Keith, that will be a challenge to beat.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 01-22-2012 03:57 AM

your amazing bro. Keep doing what your doing. Soon you will be famous. NEGU. which means Never Ever Give Up. Love you bro.

-- Jeff, Laguna Hills CA

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