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Well, this is finished as far as the carving part goes but not completely finished as I have yet to stain it. I love them plain but I also think that staining adds to the semi-realism. This is for a customer – thus the T and they like to have carvings for photographs for their Christmas cards. It is 14” long, 9” wide and 8.75” high.

Having loads of fun in my teensy freezing garage!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 996 days ago

Amazing carving. Looks fantastic the way it is.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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wseand

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#2 posted 996 days ago

Incredible as always Jordan. Love the dog and the boots on the posts.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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grizzman

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#3 posted 996 days ago

you should have some kind of better heat in there,,, besides that, i love these, as you might guess, im wondering how you knew that is what the grizzman and my honey are like when were tucked in for the night…you sneaky guy…did you send someone to spy on the grizzman…...LOL…great job jordan…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jordan

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#4 posted 996 days ago

I figured I’d seen this couple before Grizz. I do have two heaters but the problem is that it’s a very old house and when I turn the heaters on, the lights dim…and the same when the furnace in the house goes on. I think it’s only 60 amp. I wanted to find out how much it would cost to up the amps and split it with the landlord.

Thank you as well Topa and wseand.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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Steve Esterby

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#5 posted 996 days ago

thats about as good as it gets!!!

-- steve...e-mail-themantelshop@hotmail.com........remember,the best teacher is repetition.

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Jordan

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#6 posted 996 days ago

Thank you Katdaddy. I pretty well only use basswood and Dremels – 2 small ones and one heavy duty Dremel which they don’t make any longer.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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peteg

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#7 posted 996 days ago

Pleased you’re back Jordan, love seeing what magic you have created with each work, this (as it is) almost has a bisque look about it. Hope you are going to repost when / if you decide to stain/paint it. Beautiful piece :)
BTW, you must have a different Dremel than me coz mine dont seem to work like yours does $%^& :)))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Gary

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#8 posted 996 days ago

There is absolutely no end to your magnificent talent. Super project.

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

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Karson

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#9 posted 996 days ago

Jordan: A great looking carving. Beautiful 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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 996 days ago

Jordan, this looks really good so far. What colors will you be using to stain it?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#11 posted 996 days ago

Jordan,that is very beautiful !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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Jordan

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#12 posted 996 days ago

Jonathan, I will try to stick with transparent stains and weak acrylic washes. I do have to put a touch of color into the quilt as it’s supposed to match my customer’s actually bed quilt but I don’t like to use color much on these.

Lidiya, I figured you’d like this since your art is so wonderfully whimsical.

Thank you all.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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LittlePaw

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#13 posted 996 days ago

Wonderful, Jordan. I would favor not staining or painting it for the same reason I didn’t stain my Quiet Patriot cane. I figured I don’t have to put the three colors on our Old Glory because only a non American or an idiot would not know the three colors. Besides, the stains I tried on scrap wood made it look so shabby and washed out, I thought it would ruin my carving. I also wanted the natural beauty of spalted maple to be seen. I think it would be a shame to even paint it, as cute as the idea is. I hope you’d leave it as is and allow the viewer the pleasure of coloring them in their own mind.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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degoose

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#14 posted 996 days ago

You are the one who has been busy… fabulous…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Box

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#15 posted 996 days ago

Jordan, your work has so very much character and emotion in it. Your customer is getting a great piece of art…as all of your customers do.
Have you ever tried a Foredom carver and compared it to the Dremel?

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