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Project by MShort posted 359 days ago 754 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I attempted to carve a Don Mertz Whittle Folk from an article from a few years back. The first two pic are my second attempt at Don’s 3” tall figure. The third pic is the first attempt that turned out okay for me but I still had more work to do on the carving. These little figures start out as a square stock of 1.5” x 1.5” by 3.0”.

Don Mertz puts a lot of detail into such a small carving surface and is just amazing what the does with just a knife. Here is a link to his santa carvings that are 2” tall and show the progression of carving. I had a chance a few weeks ago to see this carving in person at a shop in Branson, MO.

Thanks for looking.

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





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lew

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#1 posted 359 days ago

I love the facial features! Nice Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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WoodenFrog

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#2 posted 359 days ago

I like all 3, Great work on these!
I wish I could carve like that!!
Thanks for the link!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Northwest29

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#3 posted 359 days ago

Wow, that’s pretty amazing for such a small carving. Well done!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 359 days ago

Those are very good detailed carving!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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David Dean

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#5 posted 358 days ago

nice work it is so life like.

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bazz135uk

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#6 posted 358 days ago

Great Carving that must take a hell of a lot of skill to do that well done.

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 358 days ago

Very nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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HillbillyShooter

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#8 posted 358 days ago

Great carving with charming features!

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

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birchbranch

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#9 posted 358 days ago

Impressive! I can almost see smoke coming from the cigar. Thanks for sharing.

-- John B.

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LittlePaw

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#10 posted 358 days ago

zThat’s really outstanding!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 358 days ago

great carving. I love the expressive face and the cigar!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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MShort

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#12 posted 358 days ago

Thanks everyone. I checked the link for Don’s Santa carving and it did not pull it up.

Here is the link : http://woodbeecarver.com/step-by-step-santa/step-by-step-santa

Thanks again.

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

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stefang

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#13 posted 358 days ago

Wow, these a amazingly well done Mike. It can’t be too easy to get such fine details into such a small figure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mpounders

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#14 posted 356 days ago

These turned out good! A lot of detail in such a small figure!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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