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Dez

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10-15-2011 11:28 PM

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If anyone out there can help it has to be someone here at Lumberjocks!
I am working on a Christmas gift for friends and I could use a little guidance!
A sign for the new fence and the theme is OLD and Weathered plus a bunch of love.
I will call it “My Honeybears”
The background;
My neighbors love old and weathered “stuff”
I found a solid piece of an old stump –

Now I want to add (carved letters) “Here Bee Honeybears” and a couple of carved and applied “Pooh Bears”


Here is where I am at now,

What I am hoping for is some advice on shaping the piece so that it looks good!

I think I have done OK so far but I am unsure how “far” I should go!
The bears are only about 1/4” thick and getting them to look right is a struggle for me.

Advice? Critique? Anybody care to share their 2 cents?

I am using the few carving chisels and a Dremel with several different bits, all I have on hand.

A few new pictures showing a “little” progress!
I finally figured out that it would be easier to have more space for the clamps so I hot melt glued them to some scraps of 1/4 melamine.
Now all I need to do is make some kind of carving “stand” to make it easier on my neck! Any advice there would also be appreciated!

And the second hunnybear,

The background, letters carved.

The “work space”, also showing the paints I will use.

And a bow to our famous and loved Mads, notice the pipe?

The chisels and rotary tools,


And a couple of TS sleds on the other wall just for fun!

More later as I make more progress, maybe even a picture of the happy faces of the recipients??

This is where I am at on the LAST of the carving!

Any advice before I start painting??

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!


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mafe

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 12:36 AM

It is looking really good from here, so no advice but to continue where you are going.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 01:01 AM

Thanks mafe!
I somehow feel I could get the curves approaching the intersections better! I also feel I should be quicker at it, so far it has taken me several hours to get to where I am now! LOL (never satisfied is how we get better?)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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mafe

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 01:05 AM

Yes, I know the feeling…
Smiles.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 02:27 AM

i think your doing great dez, you seem to have a clear idea of what you want this to look like and i think you know how to get there, just will take a bit of time to get it like you want, so enjoy the journey and that way you will feel good about it when your done…cant wait to see the finished piece…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 03:02 AM

Looks good so far, the curves are starting to ‘come around’. Carving is one of those things where it’s possible to get hundreds of tools in no time at all. Really don’t need them all, as you’ve discovered.

I love Pooh Bear, he’s great!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Dez

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 03:02 AM

Grizz;
(BIG Grin)
Thank you!
I think I have a fairly good grasp on how things should look, (at least in my eyes)!
My philosophy is – Take a step back, take a minute,— look again!
WOW!(Can you see the difference?) LOL!!
It is no wonder that I have spent this long getting this far, I have taken my entire life to get to where I am today!
It just seems to take “forever” to get here though!
It may be ridicules, however, I just want it to be “right”!

Thank you fro the input and advice!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Dez

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 03:13 AM

KayBee, Thank you!
My wife is very jealous as she has not gotten anything “Pooh Bear” related from me!
(All she needed is to just ask! LOL!)
Every time I get into a project and can find tools I “need”!
Ultimately I find I can do just fine without any new tools,I only need to expend a little thought!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 08:05 PM

It is a struggle to give the illusion of depth with thin pieces, but you are doing well! Are you planning to paint it? The combination of the carving with painted shadows would add a lot of dimension, I think. Be sure and let us see your progress.

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

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Dez

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 08:19 PM

Mike
Thank you! I do plan on painting them as the are going to be outside. Hopefully I can get a little more dimension using painted shadows like you are talking about. I will post a couple more pictures as I go and then one of the finished project.
Thanks everyone for the input as well as the encouragement!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#10 posted 10-21-2011 03:04 AM

I recently updated this topic and hope you enjoy the progress!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#11 posted 10-21-2011 04:29 AM

Jeff,
Cool idea!
I also found a couple of good ideas from here at LJ’s, through the search function (DUH) – Here
and another site called “Woodcarving Illustrated”, a magazine for woodcarvers. Here
And Here.
I had to register first of course, Here!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#12 posted 10-21-2011 04:55 AM

Looks great so far. You can not rush an artist. So just take your time. from one beginner to another

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Dez

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#13 posted 10-21-2011 05:27 AM

Rick,
I have to agree!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 10-21-2011 06:29 PM

It looks like you are heading in the right direction to me so just keep on going. Just do your best and work on it for however long you have to.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 10-21-2011 06:52 PM

Dez wrote: “Ultimately I find I can do just fine without any new tools,I only need to expend a little thought!”

ARE YOU CRAZY?!! What are you trying to do, ruin it for the rest of us? Everyone (wives) knows that you need new tools for e-v-e-r-y new project. With an attitude like your’s, it won’t be long before all are wives are questioning every new tool purchase we make. C’mon Dez, man up. ;^))

BTW, it looks like you’re doing a fine job on the carvings.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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