Humming bird relief carving

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Project by George posted 04-20-2012 10:46 PM 6494 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this relief carving from a nice, simple pattern I found online. It’s carved into basswood and framed with mahogany. I made it for my wife. It took about 8 hours to carve. I’m slowly getting the hang of carving but I’m way short of where I want to be. YouTube and books can only explain it to a certain level, the rest is just doing it.

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 01:37 AM

It looks good and you are doing good even with some showing you or any one else it is hard it just takes time don,t give up

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 02:00 AM

very nice carving.looks great in the too.

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 11:48 AM

Looks like a great start to me. Nice project thanks for sharing it!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 01:16 PM

Looks great. I would have liked to see the tool marks. looks like you sanded them off.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 01:24 PM

I’m also just starting to turn my hand to carving. Your humming bird looks very nice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 02:08 PM

Jim, most of the books I’ve read say that the background tool marks should be shaved and sanded off. I ususally leave my background marks on the carving. This one I left just a few strokes for a smooth but textured background. I agree with you, though, the toolmarks give it the craftwork aspect.

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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