Native American Theme in Pear Wood (front)

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Project by swampi posted 06-03-2013 06:52 AM 1992 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was created from a piece of Pear Wood trimmed from one of my trees, and had been laying in a burn pile for a year or so. I happened upon it while adding more limbs and thought that it had an interesting character
and decided to try my hand at carving something. The choice of area’s to carve wasn’t the best, because there
is a lot of decayed (really soft) wood there as well as extremely firm texture. While carving it and removing as
much or little as I dared of the soft wood, and having to re-do features several times, this carving resulted in
a recessed area of this facet of the piece.

This is my first attempt at carving anything in a proportional aspect, although I’ve whittled balls in cages and
other little stuff before.

Knives, Files, Gouges and burrens (sp)
Total Height of wood, not carving is 5 1/2 in (140 mm)

An Eagle, using ultra miniature knives, gouges and “Shofu” high-speed air tool.

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 08:05 AM

Real nice carving swampi, nice save from the wood pile. What tools did you use?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 10:20 AM

Looks good

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 12:28 PM

I think you’ve done a pretty good job on this carving. My first attempts at carving never looked this good.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 06-03-2013 04:35 PM

First time I think you may be on to something, Swampi!!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#5 posted 06-03-2013 05:13 PM

This is a beautiful piece of art, and I especially like the way you superimposed it over the bird carving. If this is your first, I can’t wait to see the second or third one. Great work.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#6 posted 06-03-2013 05:15 PM

Nice work. It looks really good. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-04-2013 07:44 AM

Thanks to everyone for their compliments.
I haven’t figured out how to thank you individually, as the site say’s I need more posts in order to message ???

This carving of the “Native American” is my first attempt at a human facial figure in proper proportions. As you can see, I didn’t succeed at getting every thing right.

Bob, I used a set of Flexcut micro palm gouges, FR804 and FR604, some diamond burr’s mounted in Pin Vise’s, a couple of carpenters wood chisels, some Dockyard Micro Carving tools, Homemade bench knife and several homemade carving knives of different shapes. (And by the way, I’m 71, and we aren’t ever too old to learn something new :)

I have some power tools, given me as gifts, but I haven’t learned to use them properly, and I prefer the slow chip at a time method of finding what’s in the wood. I think that I learn more about the character of wood and the subject I’m attempting to expose by using the old fashioned way of whittling.

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#8 posted 06-04-2013 07:48 AM

Harry that is a great looking carving, and a big Welcome to LJ”s

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#9 posted 06-04-2013 08:25 AM

Thanks, Hawaiilad,

I haven’t figured out how this site works yet, but I appreciate the compliments on
my attempts at carving wood and look forward to interacting with all the “greats”
out there that are so inspirational.

You create some beautiful work. I must try your technique some day. I also live out in
the sticks, but don’t think that I could deal with the domestic pet population you feed.

I’m boggled at the talent I’ve seen here in the one day since finding this site.

Let’s make some wood chips !!!

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 10:17 AM

Nice expression and excellent for first time carving. Here I learned first tome the difference between whittling I met the first time the word whittling. so, I learned from wikipedia the difference between whittling and carving.
So can you upload one of your whittling artwork?

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#11 posted 06-06-2013 02:26 PM

Awesome carving of that beautiful art work in the gorgeous piece of wood. It belongs in a museum. Excellent work and unbelievable for a first.

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#12 posted 06-19-2013 08:21 AM


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#13 posted 06-26-2013 01:34 AM

Nice carving Harry!!!! I really like how you don’t let a split stop you from completing a carving. It adds character to the piece and to me it tells me you are fearless and determined!!!!!!!!! Excellent!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#14 posted 06-27-2013 07:06 PM

Thanks everybody,
I don’t think my whittlin’ is quite up to museum quality, but thanks, the compliments are encouraging.
Michael, that crack was one but one of the challenges this piece of wood tried me on. Guess it was
testing my determination, and making me do penitence for leaving it in the brush pile. :)

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#15 posted 06-27-2013 07:42 PM

To me, the terms, whittlin’ and carving wood are synonymous.
I don’t have many pictures of my whittlin’ over the years. But have
posted pictures of some of my projects on here.
As I said, I’ve whittled all my life, I’ve carried a pocket knife and rock
since before grade school. But the Native American head is my first
attempt at doing a figure like this.
In addition to the pieces I’ve done, of which I’ve posted photo’s of
here on LJC,
I’ve made chains, whistles, caged ball’s, whammy diddles, toys, any
number of spoons, spatulas, axe & hammer handles and generally
wooden tools to aid in doing a job I was working on at the time.
Thank you for your compliments and comments, I hope to get better
at this craft. Maybe even close to your skill level… :)

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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