wood carving

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Project by Von posted 741 days ago 985 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent wood carving I made. The head is temporary until I get myself a decent dremel (tiny hand held power-grinder like gizmo) so I can carve out faces and the finer details that a head would need.

She stands about 7 inches tall, body and arms are from the same chnunk of wood. (danged if I can name the shrub the wood is from… but OH MY it is some hard as nails & gorgeous stuff to work with—far far far harder than oak) The hands are, bleive it or not, done on a 4” by 36” belt sander. the hand details are NOT done with any blades or chisels. I use just the very edge of the belt.

The coloring is several applications of a RIT fabric dye. The finnish is several spray coats of clearcote satin wood finnisher. (from a bombcan, heh) I think it’s 8 layers with light sanding and polish work between every other layer; shines like plastic/glass in the right light.

This is the first “real” wood carving I have done in over 20 years. It certainly has been a while. I was recently able to start up a small hobby wooodshop. This is actually the 2nd project for the shop. The first one is a mass production of several bird figurine whirligigs. None of the ‘gigs are totaly done and assembled however, so no shots of them—-yet. After I get a few put together I will post them too. This carving is just what I do in the spare time while I wait for glue jigs and ‘gig parts to dry.

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#1 posted 740 days ago

Wow! You sure did manage to capture the ‘posturing’ very well. Even with the temporary head she has a lot of character.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 740 days ago

thanks! she’s been a hit localy and on Deviant Art—apparently I need to make more like her. oddly enough the head got some raves just the way it is. but ya, I should turn out a few more

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#3 posted 739 days ago

I have to say I like the head just the way it is, too.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#4 posted 707 days ago

yup me too love the head as it is, great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 706 days ago

It’s an interesting carving.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 565 days ago

Yeah I reckon the head works just like that too. Love the coloring.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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