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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 02-19-2007 12:44 AM 1196 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems like someone’s always cutting a tree down. This carving is from my neighbor’s Apple tree. Apple is a very hard and heavy wood, which is great for carving fine details.
This is from a crotch turned upside down, creating almost ready made shoulders.
He’s 13” tall, by 10” wide at the base.
I used the darkest stain I could find for his hair, Maacasar Walnut, & light walnut for his face. The body is natural.

-- -** 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 02-19-2007 12:58 AM

Dick, this is a wonderful piece; a tribute to your skills as a carver, and to First Nation Peoples.

At first I thought that this was a relief carving in the face of the background wood. Of course, the different profiles of the carving quickly straightened out my incorrect perspective.

I really like this one.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 02-19-2007 01:02 AM

Thank you Don.
That’s what I like about Lumberjocks, you can show three views of a project.

-- -** 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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#3 posted 02-19-2007 02:25 AM

good job Dick it just so happens I know this guy….. naw just kiddin really good, do you use a chainsaw on any of these carvings or do it all by hand? I just finishished a project with some spalted maple I already had turned a lid with a block and finial on top. It’s pretty neat will post when it dries. mike

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

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#4 posted 02-19-2007 02:31 AM

Dick, you’re a man of many talents and you seem to have all your talents down pat. You should get an award for tree recycling in the best of ways. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy admiring your work.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 02-19-2007 04:24 PM

this is another superb masterpiece. I think you are holding back on us!! (2 painted ones in a row—what else do you have up your sleeve??)

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

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#6 posted 02-19-2007 10:19 PM

Hey Dick: I broke down and drove to town to buy some more firewood Friday last week. At his place, I was skipping the pile of what looked liked “cedar” and so I was loading up the other hardwoods. I was told it was $40.00 for a pickup load, no matter which wood I picked. So, I went for the high BTU factor.

I was about half loaded when the man told me that the sticks over there were “Cypress”, (the ones I thought were cedar). He said that he picked the Cypress up a couple of years back at the college in town after the “Big Ice Storm” that swept through Kansas (none of us forget – 4.5 days without electricity at my house).

When he told me that, my first thought was “Dick would pick those up and carve something in that cypress!” Really, I thought that.

SO, I grabbed every bit of that cypress, but it will never see the inside of my woodstove.

Thanks for your inspiration,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 02-20-2007 12:04 AM

Mike
I use a disc on my right angle grinder, it works pretty good, & it’s lighter, & quiter than a chain saw. I make my first cuts with the chain saw. On this carving I did it all by hand.
Mark
Hang on to that cypress, 20 years from now, you might want it, & it won’t rot. Stack it in the corner of your barn. It’s nice carving wood.

-- -** 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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