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Forum topic by joegard posted 08-23-2015 09:16 AM 803 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-23-2015 09:16 AM

Topic tags/keywords: carving question

I rescued this piece of firewood last year and have been storing it in the garage since then. Something about the shape caught my eye. Anyway, i finally broke out the turbo plane and cleaned it up a bit following the grain to see what was under the bark.

So the question is what does it want to be? My wife things it would make a nice table lamp, but i was thinking about just leaving it as an art piece. What do you think?

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#1 posted 08-23-2015 01:14 PM

Carve it into a double helix!

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#2 posted 08-23-2015 02:11 PM

Who says a lamp can’t be a work of art? Who says a work of art can’t be a lamp? With the right finishing touches it could be both. Take your inspiration from the likes of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Rene Lalique, Frank Lloyd Wright, Greene & Greene, etc. – all of them produced objects of stunning beauty that also serve a useful function. You don’t have any projects posted so I do not know what your particular style might be, but good luck and keep us posted.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 08-23-2015 04:03 PM

A lamp would be approiate

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#4 posted 08-23-2015 04:11 PM

Looks like it already something. Nice looking piece of wood. Make to look like a wisdom tooth (already looks like it) with gems in the holes and sell it to a dentist office.


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#5 posted 08-23-2015 05:24 PM

Well, it’s already a pencil/toothbrush holder so until you can bring yourself to destroying it for another project, use it as that.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#6 posted 08-23-2015 09:50 PM

Thanks for the comments guys…

@fancyShoes, That’s funny.

@leafherder. You’re right! FLW is one of my favorites, and certainly he combined function and art… I’ve been lurking here for awhile and I’m just getting started playing with wood (made a few things for the house) but hopefully I’ll have some projects to post in the not too distant future…

@mrjinx, you’re right, it does look like a tooth.

@Mudflap. A pencil holding lamp… I”m sure my daughter would like that on her desk!

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#7 posted 08-25-2015 03:41 AM

I was thinking of that being a walnut crusher.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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