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Project by MichaelA posted 12-04-2011 07:57 PM 1265 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of the five mesquite roots that A friend of mine gave me. I was constantly having to resharpen my chisels so I improvised and took some of my concrete chisels for my electric rotary hammer and I put a very sharp edge on them. It works similar to the arboretech chisel, except it drives much harder. It makes me feel like I am Michael Angelo carving Marble statues. Oh! to dream, my imagination is running loose again! I am having a friend forge me a few more shapes for my hammer drill. Because I have not yet learned to block out properly and I am to afraid of cutting to much away. I use my hammer drill sparingly. Well as always LJ’S have fun creating!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 08:05 PM

Oh Wow! That’s fantastic! Great everything, wood, design, flow, wow, so cool!

Looks great with the octopus…...............Super…..................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 08:17 PM

That is a wonderful piece of wood and artwork. It’s so subtle, yet beautifully done.

-- 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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MichaelA

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 08:25 PM

Thank you Jack and Helluvawreck nice to hear from you. Jack this piece was a learning tool for a up coming piece that requires many folds with flowing lines. practice, practice, then practice some more.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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shipwright

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 09:17 PM

So nice Michael. I often get to watch harbour seals at play and you’ve just so nailed it.
Sweet!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Skylark53

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 09:57 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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MichaelA

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 10:09 PM

Paul and Skylark53,Thanks for your kind words. Paul also thanks for the great sailing pictures.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Bearpie

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 04:12 AM

This is beautiful. You did a great job on this,

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Jiri Parkman

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 10:16 AM

Beautiful work and wood. :-)

-- Jiri

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Eli Adamit

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#9 posted 12-05-2011 11:48 AM

wow, very impressive.
about your feeling as Michael Angelo – Michael, about the name you have a half way behind you and according to your 20 projects which are presented here, you did very nice way toward the first Michael. :)

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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Bluepine38

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#10 posted 12-05-2011 04:24 PM

Beautiful use of those roots, you have a very good eye and imagination to see those shapes in the wood, and
a great ability to carve and make those shapes emerge so that we can share them. I started to carve a few
months back, and while I will never achieve this point, I can appreciate what you have done to shape these
sculptures, thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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MichaelA

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#11 posted 12-05-2011 05:50 PM

So great to hear from so many very talented people. It just makes a person so charged up and inspirational to meet the day!!!! Gus so happy to hear your adding carving to your excellent wood craft (art). Let’s see segmented bowls with carving. Jumping Jersey Christmas that would be knock down goregeous. Well as always keep on being creative people!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 06:27 AM

Michael,nise work !!!

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

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canadianmajar

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#13 posted 12-24-2011 04:45 AM

that looks fantastic

-- J

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MichaelA

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#14 posted 12-26-2011 06:02 AM

Lidiya, thank you for your comment. I really like your work, the caricatures have so much personalities and warmth, it is a joy to see what you come up next with!!!! Canadianmajar thanks and welcome to lumberjocks. I hope you have a wonderful time here!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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CSlabon

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#15 posted 01-06-2012 07:05 AM

Good job Mike. Your style is really coming through and you’re doing some nice pieces. Just wondering, how much planning do you put into your pieces? I mean like with stumps, they’re gonna be different everytime. Sometimes I really plan my projects but other times I just go for it. I always tell people “it’s only wood”. I get some strange looks. But I feel like when I just go for it sometimes the piece just comes alive on it’s own. Just wondering what your aproach is.

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