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Project by mpounders posted 892 days ago 1824 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a carving from a roughout that the carving club did. One of the members purchased a resin casting from the family of a carver in NW Arkansas, I can’t remember who, and made some roughouts for a club project. I don’t carve a lot of roughouts, but I like to support the club and had a lot of fun doing this one. It kinda forces me to try some new things that I might not otherwise have chosen as a subject. I changed up the design a bit and decided to add some whiskers, from a horsehair bench brush! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 892 days ago

Mike that is really cute and a wonderful carving. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Brit

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#2 posted 892 days ago

Great job Mike. You always get such a great expression on the face. I love the whiskers too.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#3 posted 892 days ago

Very beautiful work,Mike!!!

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wizzardofwood

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#4 posted 892 days ago

nice work ,,,,love it

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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Rob W

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#5 posted 892 days ago

I love it!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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dakremer

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#6 posted 892 days ago

its crazy to me how you guys (carvers) can get wood to look like something totally different than wood!! The texturing is awesome! You did a great job on this. Thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 892 days ago

Well isn’t this a fun looking fellow,nice job.

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Tokolosi

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#8 posted 892 days ago

Fantastic work! The whiskers makes it! He has so much personality. You have a gift!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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WoodenFrog

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#9 posted 892 days ago

Really nice Mike! You are so talented.
Keep it up!

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Maveric777

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#10 posted 892 days ago

Now that is just flat out cool! Very well done…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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dee2

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#11 posted 892 days ago

These are fantastic. Are you going to make more of them to sell? Love the teeth, ears and nose. Great caricature! I would love to buy one.

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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sras

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#12 posted 892 days ago

Really nice – more significantly for me, my wife really likes this!

A couple questions if you don’t mind:

1. Is there a pattern of book this design comes from? (My carving skills still need a good deal of guidance)

2. What is a roughout?

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Steve Esterby

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#13 posted 891 days ago

looks alive…..It’s great

-- steve...e-mail-themantelshop@hotmail.com........remember,the best teacher is repetition.

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mpounders

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#14 posted 891 days ago

Thanks all for the compliments. I’ll have to check with my wife to see if she will let me sell this one, but the guy at the club did have some additional roughouts. “Rough-outs” are partially carved duplicates made from an original carving, using a router-type duplicator. The amount of detail varies, but the intent is to allow a student to carve something similar to the original without doing all of the initial blocking out of the carving. Instructors use them to allow students to focus on the finishing details, rather than the removal of massive quantities of wood. And it is a way for instructors to make a bit of additional money. Here is the roughout for the mouse.

You start by cleaning up all the nasty tool marks left by the router. You are limited by the roughouts, but you can make some minor design changes to make it more of your own carving. I changed the hat, because there was additional wood left on top, gave him teeth instead of a tongue, and made his belly fatter, and did the tail and fur different. I also added the whiskers!

This is the resin “go-by” that was duplicated for the rough-out and you can see some of the changes I made to mine.

I can send a personal message if anyone is interested in contacting my club member about buying a roughout. They were $20 and he would have to charge shipping also. You can purchase a variety of roughouts from most carving suppy places and I will be posting a blog entry soon talking about patterns, blanks, and roughouts!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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mpounders

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#15 posted 891 days ago

Thanks all for the compliments. I’ll have to check with my wife to see if she will let me sell this one, but the guy at the club did have some additional roughouts. “Rough-outs” are partially carved duplicates made from an original carving, using a router-type duplicator. The amount of detail varies, but the intent is to allow a student to carve something similar to the original without doing all of the initial blocking out of the carving. Instructors use them to allow students to focus on the finishing details, rather than the removal of massive quantities of wood. And it is a way for instructors to make a bit of additional money. Here is the roughout for the mouse.

You start by cleaning up all the nasty tool marks left by the router. You are limited by the roughouts, but you can make some minor design changes to make it more of your own carving. I changed the hat, because there was additional wood left on top, gave him teeth instead of a tongue, and made his belly fatter, and did the tail and fur different. I also added the whiskers!

This is the resin “go-by” that was duplicated for the rough-out and you can see some of the changes I made to mine.

I can send a personal message if anyone is interested in contacting my club member about buying a roughout. They were $20 and he would have to charge shipping also. You can purchase a variety of roughouts from most carving suppy places and I will be posting a blog entry soon talking about patterns, blanks, and roughouts!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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