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Many of you will recognize the story of the “Old Man and the Sea” by Earnest Hemingway.
Santiago, an old fisherman who was down on his luck, rows out for open water in search of a great fish to regain his status amongst the village. As he gets deeper and deeper into the ocean he finally catches the great fish symbolic of his dreams. He struggles to take control and fights to capture the fish. In the struggle he gains tremendous respect for the great fish and the challenges of life. Finally after a 3 day fight he successfully captures the great fish and heads back to the village. With a stream of blood trailing the fish he is attacked by sharks, and finds himself once again in a great struggle. Upon return to the village life strips him of his worldly success symbolized by the remaining carcass. But fear not the story ends with Manolin a young boy in the village coming to his aid and Santiago realizes that its not the successes we have in life that make life worth living but the friends we make along the way.

I have just completed the attached piece. It is 2 feet in Diameter and consists of 14 species of wood. (Brazilian Cherry, Cherry, Walnut, Oak, Purpleheart, Canary Wood, Ash, Poplar, Maple, Spalted maple, Aspen, Lacewood, Wenge, Paduak). Each handcut and individually placed in the designed.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#1 posted 679 days ago

This is just excellent, especially as your second piece.
You have the artist’s eye to be sure and the talents to back it up.

Really nice work!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#2 posted 679 days ago

That’s nice and a great story to go with it.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#3 posted 679 days ago

Beautiful work, something to be truly proud of.

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#4 posted 679 days ago

A very wonderful work of art, great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 679 days ago

Absolutely beautiful piece of woodworking and art. Excellent job!

-- Ben from IL

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#6 posted 679 days ago

I cannot imagine the number of hours you spent making this absolutely beautiful masterpiece! This is amazing work. This could easily qualify to be placed in a fine museum.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#7 posted 679 days ago

Beautiful Work…......

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#8 posted 679 days ago

That’s an amazing skill set you have, thanks for posting your beautiful work.

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#9 posted 679 days ago

Outstanding! Craftsmanship and artistry. Great combo.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 679 days ago

I really appreciate everyone’s comments. I really enjoyed building it. I have dabbled in many types of woodworking but I think I have stumbled across something that really peaks my interest. I am already thinking about my next piece. Of course it will be ocean related.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#12 posted 679 days ago

this is one of the most beautiful pieces i have seen here, your talent is among the top of some of the others ive seen do this type of work, outstanding…i hope you will continue to show us your wonderful talents here…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 679 days ago

true artistry. A wonderful piece. Your talent is amazing.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 679 days ago

Brilliant work! I love the story as well! You are, as Paul has said, a true artist! I am looking forward to your future work!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#15 posted 679 days ago

That is a fantastic achievment my friend! Very nice work! I only wish ou would have posted some more pics with close-ups of each scene. This piece is worthy of that! Congrats!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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