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Project by mpounders posted 06-12-2013 03:05 PM 1185 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from a Mark Akers’ roughout that I worked on my first day at the Renegade back in March. Mark really set the bar for the other instructors that followed over the next few days. He is a very good instructor and offered lots of tips for carving and painting. I picked this guy because he was different from what I usually carved and I admired the beard and the way Mark painted his plaid shirt. Mark said it was easy, but I believe I have probably spent more time on the painting than I did in carving! I did a lot of research and practice before painting the flannel shirt on this guy. And I searched a while for a suitable design on his cap..I wanted something that seemed to go well with his flannel shirt.

I’ve exchanged a few emails over the past month with an old Navy buddy, Phil Marshall, and it got me to thinking about my military service. Or maybe it’s just the approach of the July 4th holiday. “Liberty” was a Navy term for being able to leave the ship and go where you pleased. After being on a ship for several weeks, you really wanted some liberty. It’s also what we were defending, what we fought for. “Liberty and justice for all”. I hope that everyone, no matter where you live, can celebrate those things. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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

Outstanding artistry!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 06-12-2013 04:08 PM

Great carving and fantastic painting!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 05:03 PM

Your carving and painting just keep going to new levels. Outstanding work Mike.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 05:05 PM

Like your other work, Mike, this is a wonderful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 09:53 PM

Just love your current work Mike, real class

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

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 10:50 PM

Fabulous carving. The carving detail on he beard, the stitching on t he hat, the wrinkled face, there is so much to catch the eye.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 06-12-2013 11:31 PM

Beautiful job Mike. I can believe you on the time spent on painting. It is a class job. I bet Mark will be proud to see it.
Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 01:42 AM

Awesome work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 06:26 AM

Nice work

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 06:35 AM

WOW! great job mate.

-- Dave -

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 07:29 AM

America, baby!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 10:26 AM

great work me and the wife and girl love the little poeple that you brying to life.

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#13 posted 06-14-2013 05:41 AM

outstanding work mike, i really like this guy, i relate to him. your skill level is getting really good…

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

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#14 posted 06-17-2013 06:40 PM

He looks amazing and adorable. Every little detail is well executed. You have excellent carving skills. Great work!

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#15 posted 06-17-2013 11:58 PM

You are an absolutely amazing carver Mike. He looks like one o my neighbors. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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