"Tweed" with a shovel

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Project by Tom O'Brien posted 05-03-2012 03:35 PM 1311 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is “Tweed”, posing with a shovel. He was carved from a Jon Nelson basswood roughout. The shovel was made from a little strip of basswood. The finish is boiled linseed oil, followed by acrylic wash. It was my first serious carving project (vs. whittling). Our instructor was a fine gentleman named Tom Ryan, a virtuoso carver from New Braunfels, Texas. In a 12-week course, we learned carving-in-the-round and painting. Tom spent a lot of time showing us carving techniques, and even more time encouraging us. The venue for this was San Antonio’s excellent “Academy of Learning in Retirement”.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 05:18 PM

That’s cool, nice carving

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2018 12:18 PM

I also love this nice carving.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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