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Project by Justin Gordon posted 253 days ago 854 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a self employed sculptor. I work in many medium. I got this idea one day while sitting in church that I should be using my talents as is frequently preached. I belong to this church where there were many kids every week. So this idea hit me one Sunday. I asked the trustees if they would like this carving and they said they would.

This piece is a hand carved cherub I did for my church. It’s about 18 inches high overall and 10 inches wide and made to sit on a beam with 7 inches clearance in the back. It’s made from basswood – a nice carving wood. I had to laminate 5 pieces of wood together to get my starting blank. It took me about 5 weeks over a period of 9 months to complete. Since it was a feebee, I had to work on it in between paying jobs.

In the last three pictures you can see the two jigs I made to hold the figure while I worked on it. The reclined angle jig was used the most since it gave me access to all the front side while holding it securely. Screwing the fixture to my bench and holding the carving secure in the fixture with bungee chords did just fine.

To rough out the blank and remove most of the excess wood, I started with a chainsaw. Doing tree carvings also, I’m pretty proficient with the saw so it was a great time saver. Next I used the Arbortech Minigrinder. It functions like a small chainsaw so I was able to get close to the details with that tool. The only hard part here was clamping the odd shaped block of wood to a working stool that I could ding with the chainsaw and grinder without hurting the blades.

The rest of the carving was done with hand chisels and a mallet. The wings were the most difficult part of the hand carving steps as their shape presented many difficult places to reach with the chisels while my hand was holding them. Plus, there are many places there where I had to go against the grain to make the cuts.

The finish is a gold leaf water base paint over two coats of primer. I also put an antiquing over the gold to make it look old. It was hard for me to dirty up this painted carving with antiquing since it looked so nice and clean when it was a shiny gold color.

Wouldn’t you know, after I was ready to install this piece in church, the trustees rescind their acceptance of this carving because I have a conservative leaning sign on the back of my truck. Anyone know of a church needing a cherub?

Thanks to all for the comments. Sorry I can’t respond, but something’s wierd with my page where the link to the ‘comments’ doesn’t work. I’m not being antisocial. It’s a broken link. Not sure how to fix it….Justin

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166933044/hand-carved-cherub?ref=related-0

-- Justin@ElwinDesigns.com





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jim65

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#1 posted 253 days ago

Very nice work, great detail and expression! Thanks

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Surfside

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#2 posted 253 days ago

The executed is perfect and wonderful. That’s a serious wood carving job. Excellent.

-- "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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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 253 days ago

Very nice work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Texcaster

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#4 posted 253 days ago

Very skilled modeling.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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facecarver

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#5 posted 234 days ago

Well done ,looks like a lot of work..Hope you at least got a deposit….

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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