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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 02-18-2007 08:10 PM 2614 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this from the trunk of a White Spruce that was crowding out the wires in my backyard in town. I felt real bad about it, because I had planted it when it was only 2 feet tall.
I started by roughing it out with my right angled grinder with a carving disk. I finished it off with hand chisels. His right hand is made for holding an oar, or a spear, but I haven’t gotten around to it. I usually never paint, but I tried my hand at it. I used acrylic paint, & about three coats of marine varnish. He was supposed to be standing on our dock, but he’s gotten used to being indoors.
Size: Base is 12” X 29” tall.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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#1 posted 02-18-2007 08:59 PM

This is the back view.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#2 posted 02-18-2007 09:31 PM

Dick! I know I’ve said this before about your work but I have to say it again: THIS IS MY FAVOURITE.

He is wonderful and I can’t imagine him without a yellow slicker on. I’d hate to have to decide whether indoors or out because he would be perfect on the dock but I don’t think I could part with him indoors either.

Awesome!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 02-18-2007 10:40 PM

Dick, this guy I know, I used to work with him, and he fished where we did. Grizzled old gentleman but kind hearted. I forget his name but it’s good to see him again. What a wonderful carving, where his mercham pipe, and I know its misspelled. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-18-2007 11:35 PM

Mike, being indoors, the old Mariner has stuck the pipe in his pocket with his fight hand. He’s waiting to be place outdoors before he lights up again, out of respect for Dick and Barb’s place.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 02-18-2007 11:50 PM

Don He’s not allowed to smoke in our yard either.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 02-19-2007 02:27 AM

Don, I think it’s time to let the Ol’ feller out. He’d be happier out on the pier, he’s a fisherman, isn’t he? You did a fine job with the paint, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 02-19-2007 03:02 AM

Wow Dick, you really know how to bring life into a piece of wood. you are true a Wood Craftsman. I really enjoy working looking at all your project. so talented. Thank You for allowing us to see your works. Jim

-- Jim Earl http://www.myspace.com/earle5

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#8 posted 02-20-2007 09:35 PM

Very sharp! This is truly an inspiring project and something that has a lot of character. Thank you for sharing!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California - www.ShopDogUSA.com

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 02:18 AM

I love this carving !

Great posting

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 02:56 AM

Thanks Dan!

I still haven’t made an oar, or harpoon for him yet.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 06:28 AM

It’s got to be the camera. Us (we?) Norwegians do NOT have blue hair.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#12 posted 02-01-2008 07:24 AM

That was the reflection from our MN blue sky, or

he must have got some of that bluing from a little old lady.

Ya sure yu betcha!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 10:52 AM

That must be my grandfather—a Norwegian fisherman.

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#14 posted 02-14-2008 03:44 AM

Thanks for sharing. Very cool

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#15 posted 05-28-2008 04:22 AM

That’s one nifty lad!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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