Getting in shape for carving wood

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Project by EzJack posted 12-16-2012 04:00 AM 2242 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an intense wood carving to do this winter so to get ready I thought I would practice on a harder material.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 04:34 AM

I’m not sure what you did here. It’s interesting but more info would be nice. Did you remove the brick’s and add your carving? Looks good anyway!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 05:47 AM

How ya doing woodshaver… I was telling a neighbor I needed to practice to get my confidence up to do some wood carving this winter. He said that his chimney looked like poody and for years he has been looking for someone who could do something about it. The brick on the rest of the house is in perfect condition but on the chimney it was popping apart. Mason after mason came out and none could offer him a solution for even the closest brick match stuck out like a busted up thumb. He went to brick yard after brick yard hearing about how the brick company is out of business, different reasons why the brick popped apart, but no solutions. He asked me if I could carve up something that would work. I said sure but lets try something out of limestone first and then wood will seem that much easier.
The damage was not caused by no drip on the crown or lack of an expansion joint around the flue. It was caused by the builder using 1 by board to support the crown pour. It was dry for weeks before I tore it down and the boards were as wet as a sponge. The most damage was on the shaded side. On the sunny side the boards were dry rotted away.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 06:26 AM

Jack please excuse the question but couldn’t this have been done with a small block of wood glued to some ply ?
Not that the carving is not nice, it just seem like it was a lot of work to carve.

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 07:13 AM

Howdy Jim hope all is well.
Yeah you’re right it was a lot of work to carve. Just about did may hands in. I don’t know when to say no. I’m to old for this but the job tickle my creative bone.
High end brick home on the water with limestone window ledges. Had to mach the home. Wood would work if you have a vinyl or wood sided home with metal flue and fire box. With a brick box brick home and clay(terra-cotta) flue you get a lot of moisture (hot flue cold air in the chimney) that would cause all kinds of trouble with wood in an inside out kind of way. Like what happened to the crown pore supports. Wood would not be an option in this situation.
I am now going back to wood and will post a walnut blanket chest next. I just had to show some buddies here what I’ve been up to.
I hope they leave this project up hear because for those familiar with this kind of thing will see the connection with working the wood. It is a one of a kind as far as I know.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 01:13 PM

Very nicely done and i’m sure it has increased the value of the house. Details like that make a house look so much more upscale.
Bet you looked like a ghost with all the limestone dust on ya. lol

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 02:07 PM

Pretty incedible work. And it looks like work!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-16-2012 02:55 PM

I see the connection to woodworking, works for me. At first, I thought the carving was wood. Looks good, and great practice for you upcoming blanket chest. I also noticed how much the trees grew between the Before and After pictures. Apparently this took a long time to carve. LOL.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 12-16-2012 04:27 PM

What a makeover… Nice work.

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#9 posted 12-16-2012 04:51 PM

Yea, looks great, maybe copy it to

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 12:33 AM

Personally I liked the very first picture and would have kept that as an artsical (yes I said artsical) piece nodding to contour and terrain. I was able to figure out what you did after looking at the zoom of the pictures and understand why you had to take chunks like that out. Both the start and finish were both interesting to look at. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 11:13 PM

Cool project!

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