See No Evil/Speak No Evil

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Project by Heidi Neely posted 10-18-2011 04:10 AM 2465 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A bit of an odd one for me…but here you have my entry for the “Scrap It Out” contest.

The Rules are to make your project out of scraps you have laying around, and with a day (or less) time in the shop, create something that balances. Most are taking it literally and making wine bottle holders and such, but my bf and myself wanted our entries to show “balancing”....a little tongue-in-cheek…so my guy is balancing a spoon on his nose.

The head was hand carved from my last little scrap piece of basswood I had left over from a larger chunk that chessmkr1 was kind enough to send me more then a year ago. The spoon and base are from a couple of scrap pieces of zebrawood we had laying around collecting dust, lol! The entire thing took me close to 9 hours to complete…mostly because i wasn’t satisfied with the smoothness of the head, so I kept sanding away.

Now, to explain the meaning behind it (for those who are wondering). The more I started carving away and thinking of the theme of balancing, I started thinking about life, and my piece turned into a bit of a social commentary. I got to thinking about how much we all “balance” things in our lives to make our way in the world and keep life going smoothly as possible. Next thing I started thinking maybe his eyes needed to be closed, because we all are blind to things or “ignore” things at times because we have to pick our battles so to speak. Then I decided that wanted him to appear to have tape over his mouth showing that he wasn’t going to speak…because these days it seems no matter what someone says, somebody is always going to be upset by it, or offended, or sensitive. Soooo…while he’s blind to what’s going on around him, and mute so his words can not offend, he’s balancing the “spoon of life” on his nose all the while, lol!

A bit goofy, maybe….a bit tongue-in-cheek…for sure…but made of scrap wood and in under one day with the theme of balancing :)

Thanks for looking, and comments both positive or negative are welcome!

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

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 04:27 AM

Very cool! I kinda has a sad clown look to it.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 04:53 AM

That’s really eerie. Perfect for Halloween. You’re quite an artist, Heidi.

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

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 07:24 AM

greate piece with novel concept. well done!!

-- Dave -

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 11:32 AM

oh I love “outside the box” thinkers!!
and the message is very deep!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 12:52 PM


-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 01:23 PM

The sign of the times, or sculpture if you will.
I like it.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 02:38 PM

very kool. there is no “scrap”.... nice piece o art

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 04:11 PM

I am impressed! I saw most of the story just from the photos, before reading. Very well interpreted. There is a definite line between talented wood workers and artists; you made the latter.

-- Dave

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 04:44 PM

I love it.
I think it shows the sencitivity so fine, it is kind of fragile in a beautiful way.
And yes I can so easy relate to what you write.
Thank you!
The best of my thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 05:05 PM

First Keith and now you. I love both of your takes on this challenge. Both are masterfully carved and great interpretation. Thanks for sharing.

-- Matt -

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 08:34 PM

Great job and I love the interpretation

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

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#12 posted 10-20-2011 02:26 PM

Cool. The sculpting of the head alone is a great piece of art!

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

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#13 posted 10-23-2011 06:48 PM

A beautifully created work of art!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 10-24-2011 01:58 AM

Not goofy at all! You need to do more pieces with ‘life’ interpretations. This one is very creative and impressive. Nice!


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#15 posted 10-29-2011 03:43 AM

very cool !!!.looks great,nice work of art…..peace shinju

-- enjoy, be well and enjoy life with all around you

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