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Project by Tony posted 03-23-2008 09:45 AM 1348 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved in basswood, burning for hair texture and painted with acrylic paints, this carving is about 13” tall. It was first modeled in clay. The wood blank was glued from 4 pieces of 16 quarter basswood and cut out on the band saw. It just cleared the blade guard. The carving was done by hand, using full size gouges. I frequently use a model to guild the carving process. The base is 4 quarter walnut.

-- Tony, Sacramento

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#1 posted 03-23-2008 11:32 AM

I am humbled, simply magnificent!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 03-23-2008 11:59 AM

Excellent work, Tony. I particularly like the texture and the color.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-23-2008 12:03 PM

Your carving skills are outstanding. And the paint, just beautiful.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 03-23-2008 12:52 PM


This is a beautiful carving. It is so rich in detail. A true work of art.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 12:56 PM

unbelievable… I think I can feel his breath!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 02:01 PM

Nice…I ain’t “lyin” (get it?!)

-- Have a blessed day!

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 02:24 PM

Tony…..............thats a blue ribbon.

beautiful and thanks for posting it

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 03-23-2008 02:28 PM

Holy Cow.. I mean Lion King. Amazing detail, how long did that take you? Please, you have to post a few pics of your shop and tools.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 03-23-2008 02:32 PM

Very nice I hope we get to see more in the future.

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#10 posted 03-23-2008 02:43 PM

The detail is incredible thanks for sharing.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#11 posted 03-23-2008 03:02 PM

Excelllent carving Tony! Your carving, burning and painting are all right on the money. Hope you will be posting more real soon.

-- Mike

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#12 posted 03-23-2008 04:14 PM

Astounding! Snowdog took the words out of my mouth….How long did that take?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 03-23-2008 04:32 PM

This is awsome. The levle of detail is astounding. I don’t understand how people can carve beautiful things like this. Great job.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#14 posted 03-23-2008 05:12 PM

Absolutely Stunning Work! Beautifull detail and coloring. Great Job.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#15 posted 03-23-2008 05:45 PM

That is awsome. I don’t know what else to say.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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