Big Giraffes

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 07-24-2012 12:57 AM 2200 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You all likely saw the little giraffes a few days ago.. this is the big one. The little ones went over so well I decided to push it a little and I had this slab just waiting. It is ten inches wide, so that’s how wide I made it. It’s about 22” tall and 6/4.

I’m not entirely certain what kind of wood it is. The person who gave it to me (and who milled it from his property) claimed it to be oak, and it was very heavily weathered so I wasn’t sure. Obviously it is not. Didn’t smell like anything in particular and doesn’t quite look like anything I’ve worked with before. But it sure is pretty! :)

We’ll see if I do any more of these on a BIG scale… they aren’t really worth the profit margin, sadly. (It took a long time to carve) But it was really fun and quite beautiful.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 01:25 AM

Whatever it is, sure is beautiful. Wow

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 01:29 AM

Lis, Try carve one out of a 7ft maple slab, Then I”LL buy it…
Just kidding.. LOL
Nice project though.

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 02:09 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Looks like cherry to me. If the heartwood darkens quickly, it’s cherry.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 02:11 AM

Looks good the colors are great.

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 02:20 AM

It is this colour after sitting in the sun for nearly 10 hours today while I lacquered it. It darkened a little, but not significantly. Hard to tell what was the lacquer and what was the sun… Other cherry I have done this to ends up deep and dark.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 02:29 AM

Very cool! I like the textured background. With the dark spots and heartwood/sapwood, it looks like cherry to me. A perfect piece to use no matter the species.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 03:16 AM

Lis, Excellent and I agree… It is so beautiful. I like very much the contrast of the sap to heart part. The elevated white portions (ears and back of the giraffes) makes it glow and emphasize the 3D effect of carving. I am imagining things when I look at it… I think if you do 3 levels of different colors of wood (say you laminate woods) and carve it respective to the levels of the figure… then it will be another awesome work for you… just a suggestion. Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 03:27 AM

Nice wood & much nicer carving. As always very tastefully done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 10:47 AM

Nice work, Lis. I’d have to come down and smell it to get more info before I’d call the wood, but the grain on the giraffe’s body does not look like oak…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 07-24-2012 11:44 AM

Lis – really beautiful! Wow!

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#11 posted 07-24-2012 12:06 PM

Beautiful, such an elegant and graceful look to the giraffes. Its a great design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 07-24-2012 12:15 PM

Please don’t take this the wrong way, I prefer to call it simple elegance! Simple in terms of shape, but the smooth flowing lines provide an elegance in beauty. thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 07-24-2012 12:15 PM

Very nice.
Good design and I really like the concept along with the textured background. So graceful.

My first thought was cherry, but it sure can be deceiving.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 07-24-2012 12:15 PM

I actually have plans to do a couple of carvings with laminated wood.. :) It’s going to take me a while to get there, however!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#15 posted 07-25-2012 12:40 AM

Very nice. Beatiful wood and excellent quality.

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