Some More Driftwood Carvings.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 09-15-2013 06:12 AM 1832 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a woodworking exhibition coming up and so am producing these carvings in the hope that everyone who attends will feel compelled to buy one. Always hopeful that others will not only enjoy my work but actually purchase them.

All of the carvings are made out of driftwood. Its plentiful near where I live and generally good quality wood. Mostly beech or red beech as far as I can tell. I am not adverse to a bit of pine or even an old fence post. The state of the wood varies from very solid to quite damaged. The third photo shows a case in point. The wood had been in the water a long time and was very soft in places. Quite a lot of stabilizing was needed to get a remotely decent surface to work with. Many ask why I bother with stuff like this but I like the unexpected directions it takes me and the challenge of getting a good result in less than ideal circumstances. Also its fun.

I love the incomplete look with bits missing. Reminds me of archeology finds that have been partially destroyed over hundreds of years.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 09-15-2013 06:42 AM

These are awesome. Love the craftsmanship

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 09-15-2013 06:45 AM

I really respect you “carvers”. To use your hands like that is great.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 07:20 AM

Carvings not so hard. Its understanding how things like faces actually are as opposed to how you think they are that is the tricky bit.

-- RusticJohn

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 09:19 AM

And how did you come to understanding all that is needed? My guess there are several people on You Tube teaching how to carve. I would love to be able to watch a carver for a day just to see how he does it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 09-15-2013 12:40 PM

I’m amazed by what these hunks of discarded wood turned into. Nicely done.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 09-15-2013 09:12 PM

Understanding comes from practice. I carve every day for an hour or so. Sometimes longer. I just keep refining the shapes and trying to better copy the features of the face. Also carve other things like animals, reptiles fish etc and the rest of the human body. However I find the human face with its subtleties of expression the most challenging.

-- RusticJohn

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#7 posted 09-15-2013 10:14 PM

Very beautiful.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#8 posted 09-15-2013 11:22 PM

Love these carvings Great work ! Also checked out your other projects and I am well impressed !
I am not a fan of all this new computorised laser carvings , theres no skill and talent in that.
I love to see proper skillfull work like yours So well done to you. Thanks for shareing your woodwork with us.

-- 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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#9 posted 09-16-2013 08:39 AM

I don’t think I would be any good at computerized carving. I have only just got a cell phone under great pressure from my family. So far I have manged to only use it twice in 3 months. Should be able to reduce this for the next 3 months.

-- RusticJohn

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 04:40 PM

Very nicely done—I always enjoy seeing your work. Thanks for posting.

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

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