"Seeking Justice" 7 foot Redwood Cougar Sculpture

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 07-02-2008 02:38 AM 4231 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Seeking Justice” Larger than life Cougar Sculpture by Joni Hamari

This is actually one of my older pieces…Just thought I might share it! I just had it back in my posession briefly to do a finish repair on it.
I love this sculpture…it is such a strong powerful piece. One of my few wood sculptures…and one of my favorites.

I have it sanded down to 400, finished and waxed…It just feels absolutely fabulous to touch.

This is carved from a single piece of Redwood, including the pedestal. I wanted it to look like it was standing on a pedestal, so the cougar comes over it on all four sides…To give it a little more light, I layered the top of the pedestal in 23 K Gold…it really picked up the light and made the cat glow from underneith. However, the client wanted it changed to Copper to match the accents in their home, so Copper it is in the photos! The customer is always right!

The wood started at about 2.5 feet x 4 feet, 7 feet high…weighing around 5,000 pounds (wet)...

Wood: Old Growth Redwood
Finish: Catalyzed Lacquer


-- Joni Hamari,

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#1 posted 07-02-2008 03:32 AM

Now that is art – no doubt about it! Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 07-02-2008 03:36 AM

Joni I could only wish to carve a piece with the detail that this carving has. As Betsy said that is art and thanks for sharing. Amazing

-- F.Little

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#3 posted 07-02-2008 04:04 AM

damn joni all your stuff is great and done out of redwood, you are one lucky woman.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#4 posted 07-02-2008 04:14 AM

Hi Joni
This and all your work is just drop dead gorgeous !Thank you so much for sharing with us.
May I ask what kind of finishs do you like to use & how do you apply them?
Thanks again

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 07-02-2008 04:54 AM

Exquisite detail and design. A true work of art. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 05:42 AM

A great carving. Just beautiful.

-- 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 07-02-2008 12:08 PM

An amazingly beautiful work of art.

It also has an outstanding finish.

You are a great artist.

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

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#9 posted 07-02-2008 01:04 PM

Very nice piece of art. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 07-02-2008 02:09 PM

Joni, that is beautiful.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#11 posted 07-02-2008 05:49 PM

This is a fantastic piece of work, Joni.

Your talent is unbelievable.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#12 posted 07-02-2008 06:01 PM

This is incredible!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 07-03-2008 01:47 AM

Absolutely excellent work Joni. What is the wax that you used?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 07-03-2008 03:29 AM

you have joined the club of amazing master craftsman … truly beautiful

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 07-04-2008 10:22 AM

It does look very touchable. You gave the start dimensions and weight, what are they now?

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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