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"Holy Grail" Pierced Sculpture

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Project by scott shangraw posted 768 days ago 2123 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Holy Grail” is our first sculpture to pierce and what a job it was. It took a lot longer than expected to create all those holes and then reshape them. Scott earned the nickname “Holy Man” because all he did for days is drill and shape holes. But boy did this piece turn out spectacular. It stands 33” T and is 14” diameter. It was made from a nice size Mesquite log that had a little rot in it, that was filled with black epoxy and had some beautiful yellow sap wood that you can see in the picture. We originally named this piece “Pierced” but that was blaw and an artist friend saw it and said, “that is the Holy Grail”. So the name was changed and it fits it much better. Nameing things isn’t our strong suit, so if we can get suggestions from others and ideas in other places, we do that. I don’t expect we’ll have this sculpture for long. But if I had the room, I think I’d be tempted to keep it. It just blows me away evertime I look at it.

The second picture is of a vessel we made a few months ago, but we just got professional photos of it. It looks much nicer in this photo and really shows off the Clam shape Scott did. So it was named “Clam it Up”. Scott was careful to leave the bark, which is very hard to do and it’s a nice size at 18×12x9. I inlayed Abalone shell into the natural cracks to give it that ocean look.

To see more carved vessels and sculptures please visit our website.
www.shangrilawoodworks.com

-- Scott NM,http://www.shangrilawoodworks.com





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Roger

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#1 posted 768 days ago

I would luv to see a blog on that 1st one. Wow! That is amazing!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 768 days ago

That’s one fantastic work of art ,and extra fine job.

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Arthouse

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#3 posted 768 days ago

amazing generic form. I love it . This is a lesson in patience . Scott for my style I would of tried a totally different base a black granite or a rusted steel base with it’s contrasting solid grounding feel . Good job.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 768 days ago

Awesome work on both pieces!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 768 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship and a great artist’s eye. These are fabulous pieces.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 768 days ago

That is a really fantastic and really impressive piece you have created. I t reminds me of another artist that does work i really like http://www.markdoolittlestudio.com/index.html

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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Woodbridge

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#7 posted 768 days ago

Both vessels are amazing and beautiful.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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WoodGuyNC

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#8 posted 768 days ago

I love art like this. I was nearly overwhelmed viewing your web site, a true Artisan for sure.

-- You can't buy salvation, it's a free gift from God.

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Dan'um Style

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#9 posted 768 days ago

super work BUD… the pierced piece reminds me of a coral or some other kind of unworldly creature.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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mmh

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#10 posted 768 days ago

Both pieces are unique and beautiful! I especially like the clam shape!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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MonteCristo

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#11 posted 768 days ago

I think you should have named it “Holey Grail” ! (Pun intended) Regardless, an exquisite piece of art.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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peteg

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#12 posted 768 days ago

Some pretty serious work here Scott, that is a very big piece. You must be absolutely stoked with the results.
Hats of to you
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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deon

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#13 posted 768 days ago

Stunning great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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Woodstock

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#14 posted 767 days ago

I’ve always loved pierced turnings. Some of my favorites are by J Paul Fennell.

http://www.jpaulfennell.com/Gallery.html

It’s amazing the amount of time and patients it takes to make all those piercings look random without getting into a repeating pattern.

-Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#15 posted 767 days ago

Nice work.

-- Jiri

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