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Project by CartersWhittling posted 10-21-2011 06:43 AM 2644 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello. This is a woodburning of a cougar I just finished on a piece of maple. Only about 7” x 4”. My first attempt at a furry animal and I have read nothing on woodburning. So if any experienced woodburners have any critical comments to make or tips to do things better, please comment.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 07:30 AM

Very well done, I have tried woodburning and just can’t get the hang of it but it looks like you have done terrific.

-- Tom D

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 11:14 AM

What a great job, very talented! Its beautiful.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-21-2011 12:18 PM

I have no experience with woodburning, but I’m gonna go ahead and say that this if fantastic work! The small details are awesome. I never thought this type of detail could be acheived with woodburning equipment, but you seem to have nailed it.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 10-21-2011 04:48 PM

amazing!!! And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall recieve the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

when God saw you making this with the telent he placed in you I know he must have been smiling like the proudest dad.

-- Leanne, Australia,

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#5 posted 10-21-2011 05:10 PM

I don’t know anything about wood burning right now but I want to get into it since I also carve. However, that cougar looks good to me. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 10-21-2011 07:23 PM

Wow, that is nice. Maybe you could write book for others to read!!!!!!!!!!!! You sure have natural talent for capturing the essence of the picture!................Jim

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

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 07:59 PM

carter, it’s your luck day. i’ve got more woodburning experience than anybody on this website. here’s how i go about things.

1.) make an extremely rough sketch in my sketchbook of what i want. i like keeping them here so it lets me know what projects i’ve planned / done
2.) i select my wood based on a couple things. where it’s going to end up, and what it’s going to feature.
3.) i then get all tools needed, don my safety equipment and turn on my iPod to whatever i feel will inspire me.
4.) screw the damn thing up beyond repair and then i burn it.

i hope my profound experience has given you knowledge.

this really is amazing. wouldn’t be able to convince me though that you don’t really know what you’re doing. you’re obviously good with a pencil.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#8 posted 10-21-2011 08:14 PM

You’re clearly a skilled artist and likely have a quality burner. I’ve advocated spending the money on a high quality burner; otherwise you’re shooting yourself in the foot before you start.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 10-22-2011 06:09 PM

I was hoping to get some advice, but the compliments are nice. I guess its always the artist himself that is most critical of his work. I have been sketching with pencils since I was young. I have not done so much sketching lately because I have gotten more into woodworking. I do not have a fancy wood burner though. Just one of the pens you plug in, and I only have 3 tips. It was probably only $10, haha.

Here is a picture that I sketched in ‘09.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 04:34 AM

It seems you just blew our excuse for not being able to do high quality woodburning! You seem to have really nailed it on the “furry” look. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 11-10-2011 02:41 AM

Exceptional work Carter! Your sketching experience is the key to your top quality wood burning. I have taught many wood burning classes and all too often the students tried to burn the highs and forgot to burn in the shadows. Looking at your cougar and your eye sketch, the shadow areas gradually give way to the highlights where no burning occurs. Its a difficult concept to conquer. Always remember where your light source is and shade in or burn accordingly.
And you, Carter, have mastered the technique! RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#12 posted 12-27-2011 05:00 PM

That is beautiful. I used to draw and paint but found woodworking to allow me to be artistic, creative and build something functional. Plus, the family loves their wooden Christmas presents each year. Keep posting your beautiful work. Tommy

-- Tommy H., Georgia, Lot to learn...

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