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Project by Ellen posted 02-05-2013 09:29 PM 1972 views 5 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well it’s that time of year again, where I donate a “work of heart” to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center for a live silent auction that will take place Feb 9, this Saturday night.

I decided i wanted to make a Ginkgo leaf this year as a donation and think this really came out nice. This is the first time I have used yellow heart wood and really enjoyed it. The grain was nice and long and straight so it worked perfect for the leaf stem. The size is 14 inches wide and 48 inches long. This wood sands so nice and waxes out really well. I wanted it to stay nice and almost zen-like, so then I created a sort of a “hand/vase” out of cherry as a contrast to the yellow heart and this is what attachs the leaf to the wall. So the leaf stands out from the wall by about half an inch. For exhibit, I mounted it on a black velvet backer, so in the gallery, this stands out more than most work hung there.

As with most of my pieces, I start with an angle grinder and sand by hand after that.

I’d love to hear your opinions on this.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html





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#1 posted 02-05-2013 09:39 PM

Awesome!!

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 09:42 PM

really neat

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 09:46 PM

Very, very beautiful, Ellen! And what a wonderful cause, too! It is truly a work of art and you are truly an exquisite artist! :)

Sheila

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

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 09:47 PM

Ellen…your work is always stunningly beautiful…this piece is no exception. After viewing the first photo of the work in progress, I was going to ask you about the hole drilled into the piece but then as I continued, the answer became obvious. Once again, terrific work.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 09:59 PM

oh i think you did a excellent job here, its very elegant, and it looks very real, yes its something i would love to have in my home, im going to have to try something like this, i hope it does really well at the auction, let us know what it goes for, do you find out or not..i don’t know much about silent auctions….but this is a 5 star carving…very beautiful..thank you for posting it…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Ellen

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 10:02 PM

This weekend after the auction, I’ll post what it sells for. Yes, I always like to be at and see the excitement at the auction. And I help show it off at the event. Appreciate the feedback as always!

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 10:06 PM

Awesome job

-- Dave, from Canada, http://simplywoodproducts.ca

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 10:09 PM

An absolutely fantastic piece of sculpting Ellen….It should sell quickly and at a great price.

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

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 10:45 PM

An elegant, delicate carving. Looks beautifully done.

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

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 11:27 PM

Simply CLASS written all over this piece Ellen, what a beautie, this is no small piece either.
If this fetches dollars compensurate with the work input & result then your cause is in for a windfall (hope so)
Well done mam
Pete

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

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Ellen

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 11:38 PM

Pete, appreciate it, especially coming from you and my buddies at LJ.

-- Ellen -- http://www.goodadvertising.com/worksofheart/index.html

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#12 posted 02-05-2013 11:39 PM

what a beautiful carving and piece of art! All of your work is so very imaginative, great looking, and well crafted.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 11:39 PM

What a marvelous piece! I didn’t realize the size of it until I saw the raw project on your bench. Your carving skills are amazing.

-- Calgary Bill

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#14 posted 02-05-2013 11:46 PM

Wonderful Carving Ellen,it’s a very generous donation for a great cause.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 02-06-2013 12:17 AM

This is amazing, wow!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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