Diving Heron

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Project by tyskkvinna posted 07-24-2012 12:27 PM 2417 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was kind of fun.. I was rummaging around my computer over the weekend trying to get my designs together and I found this one.. dated from 2007?! I don’t remember what I would have used it for.. or why I have it.. but at some point I rendered it, so cool.

This is the same wood as the Big Giraffes. .. same log.. what a different a part of the log makes huh.

The carving did not go quite as I had hoped it would, the slab did not cooperate that much. Oh well. I like how the carving goes right into the bark, though. I saturated the bark with CA so hopefully it will stay there.

If you like it pay attention to my Etsy shop because I think I’m going to heavily discount it. A few people have mentioned doing some carvings with laminated wood and I think this would be the PERFECT design to try it out on. So perhaps I will do that.

At any rate, I thought it was only fair to show you all some of the best I’ve done and some that don’t work out quite to plan.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 12:30 PM

That’s really cool!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 12:47 PM

Really neat. I do like the way the bark is incorporated into the artwork. Very kool

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

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 12:52 PM

That’s beautiful. I’m sawing some pretty logs next week and the outer slabs would make great backgrounds for your carvings. Too bad I’m so far away. I’d load you up! It sure would beat burning them, but if I don’t the slab pile would take over my hay field. I can’t give them away. I think this time I’m going to post them on Craig’s List at $1 a slab for rustic signs and rustic art painting.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 01:59 PM

Boy this would make for one beautiful lid on a jewelery box. Nice carving, love the live edge…BC

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#5 posted 07-24-2012 02:05 PM

I really like the carving. In the pictures it is just hard to see. Try a little bit of oblique lighting for the pictures.

Personal preference from someone who likes polychromatic carving: A real light watercolor was would really make it pop. Not enough to disturb the grain but just a light hint of color to distinguish and show off the complexity.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 03:10 PM

Hal, that is so unfortunate! It is quite the drive for some slabs (I’d by lying if I said it wasn’t at least a little tempting though :) )—if I am ever down there I will surely let you know. I went to Pennsylvania a few months ago and had the chance to pick up a few cool hickory slabs from a friend on the way.

It’s not the pictures. It’s just hard to see. It’s a very busy, detailed design and I did not realise that this wood would have so much character on the inside. I bet it would look better on a piece of clearer wood.

I’ve tried painting my carvings a few times—I’m a classically trained watercolourist :) – but I’ve never been happy with it, to be honest.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 05:50 PM

Another real neat one, Lis!................Jim

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

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#8 posted 07-25-2012 02:49 AM

really nice

-- Michael . USN ( Ret ) Batesville,AR

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 03:48 AM

You do some wonderful work and let the wood speak and tell a story.

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 08-18-2012 12:03 PM

Beautiful Lis!

-- Andrew, Ohio

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