"Dust in the Wind"

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Project by mpounders posted 09-11-2013 06:58 PM 1760 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“I close my eyes
Only for a moment and the moment’s gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes with curiosity

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind.”

Kansas, 1978

I thought of this song when I finished this wood spirit, with his hair and beard all blown about. This carving is based on the Wood Carving Illustrated article by Harold Enlow and I’m always willing to try and learn something from such a great carver! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 09-11-2013 07:06 PM

Mike, beautiful work. You’ve really captured a sense of motion in the waving hair and beard.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 09-11-2013 07:50 PM

You are producing some fabulous work right now Mike, this is another very expressive piece that captures your theme spot on
well done

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

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#3 posted 09-11-2013 07:51 PM

Very well done!


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#4 posted 09-11-2013 07:55 PM

Fantastic Mike. Great expression on his face and love the motion of hair makes it look really wind blown. I always look forward to see your carving. Thanks for posting.

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

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 08:39 PM

Incredible piece and beautiful presentation. Truly nice carving.

-- "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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#6 posted 09-11-2013 09:56 PM

That is really neat.

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#7 posted 09-11-2013 10:30 PM

Mr. Enlow is going to be calling on you for carving advice here in just a bit. Nice work!

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 09-11-2013 11:22 PM

another nice one Mike! Being from Kansas, I grew up with music from “Kansas”, and I like wood spirit faces, so a neat project from my perspective. Now you need a “Point of No Return” carving.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 09-12-2013 12:26 AM

At 71 years old I decided to give carving a try and wood spirits are what sparked my interest. That is absolutley beautiful Mike, plus I like the song. You are definitely one of the best.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#10 posted 09-12-2013 12:43 AM

Very nicely done.

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

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#11 posted 09-12-2013 04:04 AM

Love this one. How big is it? What kind of wood?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#12 posted 09-12-2013 06:28 AM

No doubt that Dust is in fact sawdust or more correctly carving dust!!

nice work

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 09-12-2013 01:09 PM

Nicely carved. Good job!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 09-12-2013 01:11 PM

I really like how this one turned out, good job.

-- Tommy,

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#15 posted 09-12-2013 02:04 PM

Thanks all! This is about 6 inches tall, out of basswood, and finished with polyurethane and light brown Briwax. Wood spirits were what got me into carving about 4 years ago. I saw one and thought it was something I could do. My first ones sure look rustic compared to what I carve now, but it just shows that a little practice sure helps.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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