Grandpa's House and Workshop - Relief Carving

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Project by Joe0907 posted 03-29-2012 11:16 PM 2151 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This relief carving was done in a piece of walnut that I got from my grandfather’s shop after he passed away. The carving is of his home and workshop in Blairstown, NJ. I made the piece as a gift for my cousin.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the project completely finished. The first two images show the carving just before I sprayed its polyurethane finish. The third image is while I was still working on the project. If you look at the tree branch toward the right, you’ll notice a chunk of wood is missing. I had to repair that, which was a huge pain; but I learned an important lesson about power carving thin branches. The color of the wood is most accurate in the third image. I wish I had a picture that showed the wood at an angle, because it’s about 3” thick.

The fourth image is the picture I took that I used as a reference for the carving. The workshop is barely visible beyond the house, so I used artistic license to show more of the shop in my carving. My grandfather was a cabinetmaker by trade, but spent most of his life as a carpenter. He really enjoyed the woodworking he did in that shop after he retired (semi-retired… he was still a chicken farmer during that time), so I thought it would be fitting to make it more prominent in the carving than it is in the photograph.

-- Joe

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#1 posted 03-30-2012 12:12 AM

A beautiful piece. You certainly did your Grandfather justice with this. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 03-30-2012 12:20 AM


-- Joe

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#3 posted 03-30-2012 03:01 AM

Beautiful carving, I have a lot of admiration for carvers, you have more patience then I will ever have. Nicely done.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

#4 posted 03-30-2012 05:24 AM

Very interesting carving,Joe.


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#5 posted 03-30-2012 05:27 AM

I like it very cool carving.

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#6 posted 03-30-2012 03:57 PM

Thanks, everyone!

-- Joe

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 04:34 PM

Joe, your carving really looks nice. Welcome to Lumberjocks.


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