"Tassle Santa"

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Project by mpounders posted 08-14-2013 01:39 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this from a Michele Stetson roughout. Dave Stetson taught a class earlier this year at our club and I fell in love with his wife Michele’s Santas. I had never seen one shaped quite like this and her painting was amazing! This carving is 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide, but is only about 3 inches thick (possibly to fit better on a shelf?). The width certainly gives plenty of room for a lot of painting details. When I carve roughouts, I always reach a certain point where I stop looking at the “go-by” and start carving and painting what I think looks best, or what I’m actually capable of carving/painting, rather than trying to duplicate someone else’s work. Michele’s Santas have a certain look to the face that mine don’t and I painted mine slightly different also. I really like how it turned out; it seems to have an old world, maybe a Russian influence. And the gold seems to add a richness also. Michele’s health doesn’t allow her to carve any more, but her artistry still continues to teach and inspire! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 01:48 PM

Mike, beautifully carved and decorated Santa. I like how the beard is feathered out and the eyes look very realistic.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 02:07 PM

All ready for Christmas! You are really good at this and always improving. The coloring of the face… the expression on the face… and the design on the back of the coat are really outstanding. What a great piece!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 02:23 PM

Your Santa turned out wonderful. I like the old world look with all of the gold fringe painting. Really makes him stand out. Outstanding as usual from you. Take care.

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

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 02:48 PM

Man, your attention to details is amazing!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 03:17 PM

Beautifully done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 03:46 PM

Very nicely done as always—I like the eyes on this piece better.

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

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#7 posted 08-14-2013 04:16 PM


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#8 posted 08-14-2013 04:53 PM

A very impressive carving, and a great paint job! Good work & thanks for sharing.

-- John B.

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#9 posted 08-14-2013 08:21 PM

You have some incredible carving skills! Very well presented! It’s a masterpiece!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 08-14-2013 08:25 PM

Looks really nice!

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#11 posted 08-15-2013 03:27 AM

Absolutely beautiful
You are very talented

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

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#12 posted 08-15-2013 12:00 PM

I continue to be amazed at your work. This is just outstanding, both for the carving and the painting. Wow!

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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#13 posted 08-15-2013 01:21 PM

Thanks all for the kind words! Santas are a lot of fun to carve.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#14 posted 08-16-2013 04:21 PM

Wow! It’s the most great looking and adorable Santa I’ve ever seen. Superb carving and awesome paint job.

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#15 posted 08-17-2013 12:20 PM

Your carvings have become so refined, and life-like. HoHoHo looks gr8

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

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