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Project by dlcarver posted 03-11-2008 11:20 PM 1265 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This regal looking fellow is handcarved from basswood, painted with acrylics then finished with several coats of satin varnish. He is life-size about 19” or 20” long. The rump has been notched out with a saw to accept the tail, then the whole rump area is built up and around with auto body putty, then shaped and carved. I try to make the tail a stronger wood than basswood…. usually maple if I can find some laying around someplace…. cherry would also work.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 11:22 PM

wow that is beautiful! i love all the detail you put into your work. it shows that you have a great sense of pride for your creations. keep up the great work!

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 11:57 PM

Hi Dave

We better start calling you the duck master. I have never seen none better. I’m glad your ducks arn’t sitting on a pond some where during duck season. I would be crawling on my hands and knees to get to them because they look so life like. Outstanding work! Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 03-12-2008 02:41 AM

I don’t know how long you have been carving but you have a vey high quality. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Scott, Kentucky ----- "Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-12-2008 03:51 AM

Hi Dlcarver;

Welcome to lumberjocks.

That’s some real fine carving work. (not to mention the finish).



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-12-2008 04:03 AM

Very very nice! How long have you been carving?

-- Rich, Madison WI

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#6 posted 03-12-2008 05:34 AM

Hi Dave,

I can’t get enough of these posts. They are simply beautiful. They are so realistic.

Thank you for the posts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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