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Project by LittlePaw posted 10-31-2012 04:17 AM 1491 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started carving a block of Basswood measuring 8” X 14 ½” and 2 ¾” thick. The softness of Basswood made it easier to carve than Sycamore (Twists n Turns o Life)– maybe even a bit too soft for comfort. I started it with a frame supporting the tips of the lily, bulb and leaf until almost all the carving was done; then removed it. They now bounce a little – extremely fragile. So I made an acrylic box to protect it.
I reduced the thickness of the flower and the leaf to under 1/8”, somewhere between 1/16 and 3/32 with areas that are opaque against a light. That was a challenge and it was slow going as well as having to support the working area with counter pressure from the opposite side; at times, I felt faint for having to hold my breath doing that!
And for added realism and a little humor, I carved a Lady Bug that ate a hole (I really hated doing that) on the Lily. I did not color this composition because I did not want it to look like just another resin cast made in China. This puppy is made – correction – hand carved in America out of one piece of wood. The bug is the only thing added. I used mostly traditional hand tools on this project. I did use a drill press and a power chisel to remove large areas, but no laser, CNC or router was used. On the advice (thank you, guys) of some of my fellow LJs, I put 5 coats of (rattle-can) lacquer on the composition.
I am elated to tell you that last weekend, I entered this project into the judging contest at the 46th Annual Artistry in Wood Show in Oklahoma City, OK and won a Blue Ribbon!
Thank you for watching.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 04:38 AM

Wow what a delicate work of art .Amazing work and beautiful piece.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 04:39 AM

Beautiful sculpture / carving!

Sure is nice!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 06:22 AM

A well deserved Blue ribbon for this beautiful piece Paul, I could find a space for this no sweat

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 09:16 AM

Great job.


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#5 posted 10-31-2012 10:07 AM

That is really beautiful! No wonder it won! Awesome job!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 10:23 AM

That is blue ribbon awesome for sure. Not sure I could ever do that kind of work.

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

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 11:16 AM

congrats on the blue! amazing it was made from one piece.

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 12:09 PM

That’s incredible!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 12:37 PM

Absolutely Beautiful! So delicate, but, powerful, WOW!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 01:04 PM

Exquisite! (everyone else has already used the phrases I normally use, so +1, and I’ll raise everyone an adjective or adverb, as the case may be). Great job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 10-31-2012 01:32 PM

Superb sculpting work – really very very beautiful sculpture.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 10-31-2012 01:51 PM

That’s totally amazing. I wanna shake your hand right now and say Congratulations.
You are truly talented and you deserved the blue ribbon .

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 10-31-2012 02:11 PM

Wow, you are extraordinarily talented! Beautiful work indeed! I am humbled and inspired by your persistence, patience and skill!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#14 posted 10-31-2012 03:02 PM

Beautiful work and congratulations on the blue ribbon. Great work on the inner portion of the lily. That would have been a nerve squasher for sure.

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#15 posted 10-31-2012 03:14 PM

This sculpture is certainly blue ribbon work. Congratulations!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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