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Project by RusticJohn posted 06-30-2013 10:46 PM 1064 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I quite like the idea of finding any old piece of wood and making something of it. This was an odd bit of a Willow that didn’t obvious lend itself to a particular shape. However with a bit of lateral thinking some faces began to emerge. A challenge was retaining the nicer parts of the bark and dealing with some cracks. I was able to incorporate these into the carving in, I hope, an appealing way.

Three of the faces are based on medieval stone carvings. The 4th of the old lady is one of my favorites that I carve reasonably frequently. I find that the medieval faces look simple but often contain complex subtleties that stretch my skills. Very good practice for the old hand/eye co-ordination.

I rather like Willow for carving. Its fine grained and a little soft but holds fine detail. Also it grows in my garden so is easy to come by.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 01:07 AM

Beautiful carving John…looks great….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 02:45 AM

nice work John. I like to carve heads and faces too. But dang, you’re really showing off cutting that many on one piece. hope to get an opportunity to try carving some willow one day.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 03:21 PM

It came out great!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 02:04 PM

Awesome art work! Like the interesting figures characters you made on wood. Impressive carving!

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 02:12 PM

You did a fine job on this carving. It really looks good. Congratulations.

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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#6 posted 07-03-2013 11:19 PM

Thank you all for the comments. I love working with found wood as it presents challenges and opportunities you don’t find with a proper piece of wood. Awkward shapes to deal with, rotten bits, cracks etc. These can suggest an idea you might not normally consider.

-- RusticJohn

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