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"Squirrel Crazy"

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Project by mpounders posted 234 days ago 779 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Uncle Mutt was never the same, after he saw that squirrel. He admits he had been drinking a little, but he swears he saw a gigantic squirrel, in the hickory tree down past the smoke house. He said it might have weighed 20 pounds, that it was one of them a-typical, Boone and Crocket type squirrels, a real trophy! He became obsessed with tracking it down, sneaking out of the house at odd hours, wearing a gillie suit, building blinds, and tree stands, and such. He never saw it again, but his dogs still get nervous in those woods, whining anxiously and staring up in the trees.

Now, that may not be a true story….but it ought to be! This is from one Mitch Cartledge’s little hillbilly roughouts. He’s an instructor at the next Renegade and I’m trying to get practiced up! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com





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maplerock

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#1 posted 234 days ago

Great job! I’d sure like to be able to carve like that!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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Spoontaneous

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#2 posted 234 days ago

Said it before…. Your characters have so much ‘character’. Well done. I’m wondering if that squirrel had two black eyes?

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

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Roger

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#3 posted 234 days ago

Gr8 story to go with a gr8 carving. Always enjoy your carvings Mike.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 234 days ago

Cute carving, humorous story.

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

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 234 days ago

wonderful carving. He’s got a great expression and looks very lifelike in a cartoon character sort of way.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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tkroupa

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#6 posted 234 days ago

You do some great work, I wish I had a litte artist in me to do some of that, I can barely cut a 2×4 straight.

-- Tim, Meridian, Idaho https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kroupa-Kustum-Idaho-Wood-Krafts/1429234470652972

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Bluepine38

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#7 posted 234 days ago

Wonderful story, topped only by your expert portrayal of the perpetrator. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Kryptic

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#8 posted 234 days ago

You really are getting good at this. Great story, great carving.

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Dale

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#9 posted 234 days ago

That’s one cool Uncle Mutt, Mike. Hope he catches that squirrel. Very well done.

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

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Pimzedd

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#10 posted 234 days ago

Excellent work as usual.

One question. I assume the rifle is a separate carving?

Can’t wait to see your next one.

-- 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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mpounders

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#11 posted 234 days ago

Thanks all! The rifle is a separate piece inserted thru holes drilled in the hands. It would be way too delicate, at this size, if carved from a single piece of wood, because the grain would be so short in the rifle section. It still has some delicate areas! After carving the trigger, guard, and hammer, I soaked those areas with CA glue to keep them from snapping off while carving the rest. Wood does have it’s limits!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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ghost5

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#12 posted 234 days ago

Good job as usual Mike.

-- Tommy, http://www.followingghost.com

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Kryptic

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#13 posted 233 days ago

Would you mind explaining how you photograph your work ?

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mpounders

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#14 posted 233 days ago

It’s a pretty primitive setup! I put a piece of white cardboard on my workbench and take the pictures with my IPhone. Sometimes I even put it on a tripod, but I’m usually in too much of a hurry. I have a a floor lamp next to my workbench that has an uplight that bounces off the ceiling, so it lights it up pretty well. I use Microsoft Picture Manager to crop the pictures and do any adjustments, and that’s about it. I think good lighting is what helps the most.

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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Kryptic

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#15 posted 232 days ago

Thx : )

Good Work, Very Funny, on both your knife and your lens

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