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Project by RWAARM posted 04-19-2013 07:56 PM 3012 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

MINI-EAGLE MADE FROM BASS WOOD. TREE IS UPSIDE-DOWN ROOT-MOUNTED ON WALNUT BASE. I have been lucky enough to have horses in my life since the day I was born. My father was a master at breaking and training these wonderful animals, and passed the desire and ability on to me, probably through my genes. Mother is the artistic one. I got her genes too! A few years ago, she gave me a set of Exacto knives, and a donkey blank for Christmas, and it went on from there. We both joined a carving club. I began competing in a few shows. As I have always had an obsession with hand tools, it was natural for me to attempt this new art form of scroll sawing. I purchased a buffalo pattern, and was pleased with the results. I really wanted to do a horse, but couldn’t find a pattern that I liked. I had a picture of my horse rearing. I have a small light table, and using the idea from the buffalo, was able to design the 9 different layers, to obtain the 3-D effect. The 9 layers are individually cut, shaped, and glued together. I was happy with the results with the buffalo, and knew the walnut would replicate the beautiful bay color of a horse. Coming from a carving background, it was only natural for me to take my carving tools to each individual piece to add detail and definition. I’ve done some wood burning and love doing it, but didn’t like the outcome on these pieces. My answer to this particular challenge came in the form of a small pencil torch. The lightly burned wood seemed to project definition and muscle tone. Mother had given me a piece of root she had picked up on one of rock and wood hunting treks. Turned upside down, it looked like as old, dead tree. (we’ll call it a dead Walnut.) I was having a difficult time coming up with a good way to display the horse. I profiled the walnut base so he stood up square, drilled a small hole in his foot and put a peg in the base. The walnut tree helped create the balanced effect I was seeking, but something was still missing. My “ah-ha” moment came, when I came up with the reason for the rear. The eagle in the tree. You ask how I feel about the finished piece. I guess, you could say, it’s a culmination of all the wonderful things my parents gave me. The love of animals, and nature from my father, and the desire, and artistic ability to create thing of beauty, from my mother. I know it’s not everyone’s preference, but for me, it’s an expression
of God’s greatest gift, MY PARENT’S.



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#1 posted 04-19-2013 08:07 PM

absolutely gorgeous.

-- Mike

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 04-19-2013 08:10 PM

Rita that is another amazing piece
Your attention to detail is incredible

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 04-19-2013 08:24 PM

Wow. Very dynamic and eye pleasing. Wonderful woodworking and artistry.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-19-2013 08:51 PM

That is totally breath taking and eye popping! Awesome built! Superb. You have true talent.

-- "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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#6 posted 04-20-2013 02:43 AM

Awesome job

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-20-2013 11:15 AM

welcome to Lj’s.. what gorgeous work you do..The subject matter really draws me..anything with critters catches me eyes! I will keep an eye out for your work.

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#8 posted 04-21-2013 04:36 PM


-- Margery

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#9 posted 04-21-2013 11:44 PM

I’m really loving your work this one is remarkable just stunning, please forward for a closer look…lol thanks for posting BC

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#10 posted 02-04-2014 05:34 PM

Wow! Thank you for sharing this.

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 11:39 AM

Incredibly beautiful. WowZa!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 05:23 PM

Just incredibly beautiful.

-- Dave, from Canada,

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