Chip Carved Greenman.

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 03-02-2007 05:33 AM 5464 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This free standing plaque I made to show people how a chip carving can change the way it looks just by which areas are cut out. The same basic pattern was used on both chip carved sides, only a small line below the eyes on the one side was added. The wood is butternut and it is stained.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 03-02-2007 05:53 AM

That is an interesting transformation. It make you the carver to decide what look that you want.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-02-2007 06:12 AM

I just sit here and study it. You are a master of chip carving…makes me want to give it a try.

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#3 posted 03-02-2007 06:21 AM

A beautiful piece, that’s one kind of carving I’ve never done much of except for letter carving.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 03-02-2007 01:06 PM

this is wonderful. There were a bunch of chip carvers at the last woodshow we went to and their work was beautiful (but)... all the same, with the “geometric” type designs. This takes the skill to a whole new level. Now, it has caught my attention!! I’d love to have this hanging in my stairway, greeting me each morning, asking me what I was going to make of my day.

I really love this.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-02-2007 02:10 PM

This is what I love about LumberJocks. I have to admit that I’d never heard the term “chip carving”, prior to you joining us, Roger.

Ignorance, I guess.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 03-02-2007 04:29 PM

Well Don, It is hard to picture someone using chips to carve with -
Lots of skill – and a big bag of ‘em I’d guess. :)

really amazed at the difference you can make without changing the design and only slight differences carving.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 03-03-2007 11:12 PM

How do YOU DO THAT!!! – so far, I can barely see the wood through the blood coming off my fingers and running down chisels! ahhh, beautiful work Carver – I’ll just keep after it, a great goal to aspire too. thanks for posting it!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#8 posted 03-04-2007 02:03 AM

Schroeder—I’m getting worried!!
I hope you have a first aid kit sitting beside you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 03-04-2007 03:42 AM

bandaids DP lotsa bandaids! (but I’m getting good a sharpening! ;)

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#10 posted 03-04-2007 04:15 AM

Wow, incredible what a little more material removed does to a piece. I like the way the second one is accented at the 4 corners.

Now I’m waiting for the Sculptured Figures. I want to buy so carving chisels, but know less about carving than anything else.

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#11 posted 03-04-2007 07:07 AM

Sculptured figures are out of my catagory! That’s why they say it takes all kinds.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#12 posted 07-18-2009 06:17 PM

Nice rendition of OAK LEAF MAN.

-- I get out to the shop when Ryan lets me. Arggggggggggg

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#13 posted 07-19-2009 06:03 AM

super carving looks great

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 07-19-2009 06:14 AM

Nice carving, but he always looks so sad :-((

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

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