Rescued stick of fire wood

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Project by 3Gwoodguy posted 01-06-2012 08:15 PM 1777 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I pulled a really nice spalted maple stick of firewood off the pile and thought this would be a good first carving project and its to pretty to burn. First off, maple is not the best place to start to learn carving but I couldnt resist because of the nice color and grain. I learned a lot and thats what its all about. Glad I didnt burn it.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 09:12 PM

I would have never guessed that was a first carving. You have a lot of natural talent there Bart.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 01-07-2012 01:43 AM

Me neither. for a first it is amazing especially given you used maple! Can’t wait to see what else you do.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 03:37 AM

Cool carving a unique piece.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 03:56 AM

I’ve been here a couple years and this will be my 1500 post! I must say, since I arrived, posted skills seemed to have denegrated. but what you are showing is a step up in creativity and skill. DON’T LET UP. Blessings on you and yours.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-07-2012 05:32 AM

Thank you all! I appreciate the encouragement.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#6 posted 01-07-2012 06:38 AM


That’s a nice looking carving. You certainly have a talent for carving. Keep it up. We look forward to your furture posts.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 01-07-2012 11:53 PM

Wow that’s a great carving. You’ve got real talent. I look foward to seeing your second piece!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-08-2012 05:18 AM

Nice! It makes me think of how much beautiful wood has been burned instead of being used for making something from that beauty. Though, based on some of my mistakes, firewood would have been a favor to humanity. You really do have talent. I hope you can do something with it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 01-08-2012 07:25 AM

I am too very glad you didn’t burn it. You have a natural talent of giving beautiful life to condemned wood! Looking forward to more from you!

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

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#10 posted 01-08-2012 06:57 PM

Maple? Spalted too? I believe it found you. Nice! Wondering what it taught you?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 01-09-2012 05:40 AM

Thomas, you may be right. It was on my dads wood pile from a tree that we had cut down that stood in his moms yard since he was a small boy. I took some small pieces to my friend who made a pen and pencil set for me to give to my dad with an explaination of where the wood came from. So you may be right.

I learned what the capabilities of my dremel as a carving tool was…I learned you need a bunch of different bits of all different sizes….. I learned that Maple isnt the greatest wood to carve (or especially learn to carve) with….and I learned what each bit I used would do.


-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#12 posted 01-09-2012 06:07 AM

So, I’m not the only one that looks at firewood differently now. Although I can’t carve, I’ve pulled a few pieces of cherry and walnut out of my woodpile because they just look too nice to burn. Ever since I took a woodworking class about a year ago I look at downed trees differently now. I used to see firewood, now I see lumber.

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#13 posted 04-06-2012 05:44 PM

You definetly have a talent for carving, awsome can’t wait to see what you’ll post next.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#14 posted 04-07-2012 01:04 AM

Thank you Bob!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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