Hand carved dump truck

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 11-28-2012 03:44 AM 2219 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is about 8 weeks in the making and it is a Christmas gift for the companies owner. This was made from a picture they gave me. Relief carving is new to me along with shading with stain but I think it turned out looking pretty good. The panel is approx. 4’ x 3’ x 2” and made of basswood.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 04:03 AM

WOW! What a work of art, this is spectacular! Great job, I can see this in the top 3 soon!! (If not it’s in mine!)

Congratulations on this masterpiece!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 04:25 AM

Wow, that is a great carving. So many wonderful details. Your carving has a great sense of depth. the carving of the bricks is really cool, again a wonderful sense of depth and perspective. I also like the pile of boards in the lighter colour. Are they carved as well or are they added on?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 04:42 AM

For the lumber pile I glued a 1/2” thick board on the 8/4 so it is raised above the panel. That is unique to relief carving.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 07:37 AM

Awesome job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 09:29 AM

yah, “pretty good” .
Oh Roger – this is magnificent!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 12:40 PM

Fantastic work!

I doubt I could do this well with my CNC Router – honest!

Keep up the great work!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 12:48 PM

Roger What a great carving, You are spreading talents into different directions. Fantastic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 11-28-2012 02:12 PM

Fantastic looking carving. Your shading turned out terrific.
This project must have needed two different kind of skills; 3D (for carving) and 2D (for shading) as well.
IMHO you have exceptional talent for both of them. Keep posting your beautiful works. Congrats for the eds choice – well deserved.
Thanks for sharing.

-- What are those few hours of mine compared to those decades Mother Nature has put in it!

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 02:14 PM

Really excellent work, Roger.

Looks beautiful.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 03:00 PM

Amaizing job

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 11-28-2012 03:03 PM

It turned out Great! The owner will be quite overcome, I’m sure. Wonderful job, especially for a first carving work. This is excellent.


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#12 posted 11-28-2012 03:34 PM

Excellent work as usual Roger!

I’d like to do a large carving like this sometime, but I don’t have any space to display it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 05:06 PM

Excellent work, and I admire your attention to detail.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 11-28-2012 05:35 PM

The details you put into it is amazing. Spotless!

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#15 posted 12-01-2012 11:19 AM

Thank you all for the accolades. Someday I might just get to do this professionally. LOL!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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