Left Hand of a Tortured Soul

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Project by Heavy posted 09-20-2013 07:41 AM 2185 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

From time to time I wonder if there is something wrong with me when I design and create things like this. As a first try and basically a prototype, this came really well and gave me a hint on how to do my next much larger project that I was planing to do.

In my time I have met a lot of people that are struggling through life and working long hours and multiple jobs just to get by. If you look at them deeper you will see that their soul is tired and has been through a lot (maybe the title is too harsh but in some cases it is true) and their hands almost used up.

For this reason I have chosen to make the hand and frame from 80 years old reclaimed Fir which when finished with oil, has a nice golden color (frame representing the soul and hand of course-the hand of gold-hardworking). Frame splines are made from 80 years old reclaimed acacia and walnut.

The inside of this “sculpture” is plywood painted in dark walnut color with Ash veneer.

Pictures are taken from my phone and really bad lightning so sadly you cannot see the full effect.

Hope at least someone likes it.


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#1 posted 09-20-2013 10:34 AM

I like it! I think this is what they call a ‘self portrait’. At least in the sense that everything we make (or do) is a self-portrait. Very original work!

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

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 11:46 AM

I totaly get this. Great job taking woodworking to another place – love this piece.

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 11:58 AM

This is a masterpiece! Love your reasoning and your passion. This is definitely a piece of art!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 01:35 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 05:23 PM


-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 05:24 PM

Wow, you’re absolutely right….....there is something wrong with you!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 08:14 PM

that is really great. A super piece of art.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 09-20-2013 09:37 PM

Thank you all for your great and supporting comments it means to me more than words can describe.

Thank you

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#9 posted 09-21-2013 12:31 AM

That’s very profound. I’m not sure I like it but I sure do appreciate it and think that’s more important. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 09-21-2013 12:32 AM

Some people look at a piece of wood and just “see something”. It”s a gift, relish it. Thanks for waking the rest of us up to the fact that the image was there.

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#11 posted 09-21-2013 05:18 AM

There are times when I feel like that is my hand.
But I’m right handed…

Actually, if you put more emphasis on carving the hand to look more realistic, you may be on to something.

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#12 posted 09-21-2013 08:21 AM

The reason that it is a left hand is because of my father. He lost few fingers on his right hand and became left handed. He has worked a lot in his life and this piece was made with him in mind too.

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 02:39 PM

Like it. It has great meaning which many people can relate. Unique design with great interpretation. It’s a beautiful tribute to your father. Great art work!

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