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Project by MichaelA posted 08-11-2012 06:01 PM 1797 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Ponderosa round was salvaged from the ashes of the Waldo Canyon fire of 2012. This devastating fire started on June 23, 2012 four miles NW of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Two lives were lost to this tragedy. 18,247 acres burned and at least 346 homes lost. This fire has been declared as the most destructive fire in Colorado history. My Thanks to all the Firefighters and Volunteers who put themselves in harms way to fight this terrible force of nature. My heart goes out to the people who lost their homes and the families of those who were lost.

This fierce Ute Warrior has a bewildered stare as he learns of his home being lost. This look I see in the faces of the victums of the Waldo fire. Lost, bewildered but strong. From the ashes Mother nature will renew and so will the homes be rebuilt, such is the circle of Life.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"





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BangleGuy

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#1 posted 08-11-2012 06:25 PM

Wow, that is awesome! Being from Western Colorado, I know how wildfires can really devastate the wilderness. Of course, we can never forget the Storm King fire and those who died.

Nice Job on the carving!

-- www.BangleGuy.com

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Manitario

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#2 posted 08-11-2012 06:31 PM

This is a beautiful carving. You have expressed the Warrior’s emotion potently. Well done!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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MichaelA

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 06:41 PM

Thank you for your kind coments. Bangle guy I really like how you integrate different mediums!!! Their just beautifully executed!!!!!!!!!! This was the first time on a sculpture that I added agatized dino bone on my necklace. Manitario you make very useful and productive projects.Thanks again and keep on being creative!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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shipwright

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#4 posted 08-11-2012 07:08 PM

Oh Michael !!!
You just keep getting better and better.
The emotion shown here is obviously shared between the artist and the art. There is no other way to say it.
Out of tragedy emerges an amazing life.

You inspire, I have no more words.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Eli Adamit

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#5 posted 08-11-2012 08:25 PM

Beautiful expression, piercing eyes.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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MichaelA

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 09:18 PM

Paul, thanks for the encouraging comment. It was hard to get the atmosphere of the people out of my head. It made it easy to translate their feelings in to my sculpture.I guess inspiration comes in many forms. Thank you Eli I appreciate all comments from you!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 09:37 PM

You did a fantastic piece of artwork in your carving…. and really captured his expression. I hope he and the others found a new home and I know exactly how he feels cause I lost my home to flood waters back in 2005.

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

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Steve Esterby

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#8 posted 08-11-2012 09:49 PM

your best work yet! I’ve seen your style develop since being on this site and it looks like the learning curve just took a big swing!

-- steve...e-mail-themantelshop@hotmail.com........remember,the best teacher is repetition.

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MonteCristo

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#9 posted 08-11-2012 10:10 PM

An impressive carving !

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

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MichaelA

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#10 posted 08-11-2012 10:17 PM

Thanks Steve. I have been studying bone structure and muscle tone in different ages. Because of my concentration of muscle groups in the face and throat, my hair and clothes details have suffered because I Am determined to get the face and throat correct first. Then I will open up the hair flow and cape flow to accentuate the perimeter and balance of the complete sculpture.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#11 posted 08-12-2012 12:04 AM

Nicely done,Michael !!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 08-12-2012 12:20 AM

Absolutely a beautiful carving. Did a great job of portraying the sadness of the situation.

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

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MichaelA

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#13 posted 08-12-2012 01:13 AM

Montecristo thanks and your signature of dewey,cheetam,and howe. Still has me laughing and brings a big smile to my face. Lidiya I’am happy you take the time to see my art. I truely admire yours lady!Katdaddy I appreciate your comment and speaking of style and detail your stair case is over the top!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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cathyb

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#14 posted 08-12-2012 04:40 AM

A masterpiece. It has such a strong spirit that lifts my spirit. God has graced you with impressive wisdom and the skills to share that knowledge. You’ve blessed my day. Thank you Michael.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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rilanda

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#15 posted 08-12-2012 10:03 AM

Absolutely marvellous, you can almost feel the man breathing.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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