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Project by tyskkvinna posted 05-07-2012 12:33 PM 2073 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my latest. I was encouraged by some local Lumberjocks to post it so here it is. ;)

The block is Poplar and about 9” wide, 4” thick and 13” long.

Once it was finished, I had a little issue with some of the corners being fuzzy – Poplar is not very friendly to rotary tools. Scott and the guys at Woodcraft here in Grand Rapids spent the better part of 20 minutes running around the store helping me find the best tool to clean it up (sandpaper wasn’t cutting it). Finally settled on a .25” ball diamond burr – works great. Then it was just applying lacquer until the surface was shiney all over (due to the crazy way I am exposing grain, some areas soaked it in more than others)

Kind of sad that I am now out of this wood but also kind of happy because man does Poplar smell foul.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 12:37 PM

Lis, I really like this carving, It looks museum quality. Great post.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:43 PM

Absolutely wonderful!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:45 PM

Very beautiful, and detailed facial expression of, what I will call “tender”. Very, super nice carving. You are an artist.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 05:26 PM

That is beautiful work. I have never seen poplar look so nice. I love the way you captured the expression and the way it is cropped onto the wood. If cropped is the right word.
I totally agree with you on the smell of poplar. I hate having to use it, but then again I have never created anything as nice as you have with it.
Thanks for sharing it. And thank those local LJ’s who talked you into it.

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 05:49 PM

Fantastic work! Next time, try scraping the fuzzy bits with either a razor blade or one of those curved x-acto blades; works for me.

-- No matter where you go, there you are!

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 06:26 PM

Liz, this is another beautiful piece. Congratulations.


-- 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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#7 posted 05-07-2012 08:07 PM

Beautiful work! Did you program this on CNC?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 08:29 PM

Fantastic piece! Hope to see more soon. Do you carve eagles?

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#9 posted 05-07-2012 09:53 PM

Very nice!

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 10:40 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 12:12 AM

Wish I could carve a face that soft and realistic looking. Very nice work!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 12:35 AM

Thanks, all! :)

I have never tried carving an eagle, but perhaps I should… could be fun.

And yes, I did this on the CNC.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#13 posted 05-08-2012 12:47 AM

Really impressive. Beautiful from every angle.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 01:24 AM

Did the programming take longer than carving by hand? ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 01:29 AM

I’ve had the 3d model for quite some time now, the actual programming took about 10 minutes. :) About two hours to carve.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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