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Project by mikega posted 2173 days ago 1958 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try spraying a finish on a carving. I tried it on this indian and my color came out to dark and shiny.
I didn’t want to turn this into a piece of firewood so I carved off all the finish except for the hair and tried it again this time by putting on several different stains and glazes. I think the second attempt came out better.

-- Mike www.flickr.com/photos/paturner





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 2173 days ago

This piece is simply stunning in its realism!

I think each finished version has its own aesthetic appeal. I have a hard time deciding which one I like better, but I think I’m actually leaning toward the first finish technique.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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TedM

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#2 posted 2173 days ago

Great carving, Mike, both of them ;). However, IMHO, I prefer your first color attempt. I believe the dark color gave a richness to the wood. I’m not a fan of ‘shiny’ either and possibly in real the shininess is more pronounced which would detract from the carving but in the photo it looks great.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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Bigbuck

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#3 posted 2173 days ago

Very nice carving. I tend to agree with you, the second finish looks better to me. Great job.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Callum Kendall

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#4 posted 2173 days ago

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 2173 days ago

Very Nice!! Exellent craftsmanship!!! I like the first darker one better. It looks more natural. You could aways try clear natural shellac?

-- Dennis Zongker

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Planeman

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#6 posted 2173 days ago

Beautiful Mike! I wish I had your artistic skills.

-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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Patrick Jaromin

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#7 posted 2173 days ago

Beautiful piece…whatever the finish. I envy your carving skills…thanks for sharing this!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 2173 days ago

amazing!!!!
I wouldn’t have had the nerve nor the patience to remove the first finish. Very impressive.
I like the last photo.. the “red” in the hair pieces were a surprise.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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ND2ELK

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#9 posted 2173 days ago

Exquisite detail! It is a beautiful work of art. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2173 days ago

Both versions look great, but if I had to really judge this, my preference is the natural stained woodgrain.

But with a matte, or satin finish.

I think it a great carving though, you did a great job of shaping the head, & face.

I’ve carved an Indian head, but I had trouble of creating his face too flat looking.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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woodyone

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#11 posted 2173 days ago

Brilliant carving and the finish looks great.

Thanks for the pics

Woody.

-- Woody, UK

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Karson

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#12 posted 2173 days ago

Mike A grat job. I think I’d like the first one but with a less glossy finish. But, the colored one looks nice also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Colin

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#13 posted 2173 days ago

I’m with the rest of the guys, the first one for me with a satin finish would be my choice. Excellent work, the face looks as if it has a lot of life stories to tell!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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Michael Brailsford

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#14 posted 2173 days ago

Looks great. I think both finishes had pluses, but the second the better.

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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davidtheboxmaker

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#15 posted 2173 days ago

Great carving – wish I could do that.

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