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Project by Jeffrey Alexander posted 06-27-2013 01:50 AM 2095 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Done on a whim, I decided to try carving a scallop shell—inspiration was my nasty old shower curtain. Not bad for first try. I have done carving and had done a class at Marc Adams School a few years ago, but this was on my own.
Used soft maple, which I like to practice on better than basswood.

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."





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#1 posted 06-27-2013 01:55 AM

Very nice carving.

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#2 posted 06-27-2013 03:30 AM

I’m trying to learn to carvel. Nice work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 06-27-2013 03:37 AM

Jeffrey nice carving. Maple actually is a great wood to carve and takes sanding and finish well.

-- 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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#4 posted 06-27-2013 04:51 AM

Yes, it does stain well. I rubbed two coatings of “Golden Oak” danish oil to “golden” it up a bit

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#5 posted 06-27-2013 05:20 AM

cool, looks realistic

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 06-27-2013 06:58 AM

Nicely done. There’s a lot of religious connotation to the scallop shell (used by St. James to baptize his followers, IIRC). The pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago usually carry one as well, so if you were interested in sales, there may be a market.

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#7 posted 06-27-2013 10:39 AM

Great work on the shell, very nice.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 06-27-2013 11:46 AM

My Episcopal parish uses one—in silver—for the baptism rites. I wanted to try it out to use on a sideboard I have in the planning stages—something more original than a “bought” piece. Thanks for the info! dj

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#9 posted 07-01-2013 01:39 PM

Great job on that great shell carving. Looks like the real thing with those ridges and curves.

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#10 posted 07-01-2013 02:38 PM

Nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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