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01-25-2009 08:57 PM

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Hello fellow lumberjocks and jockettes. Now that I’ve completed my “behind closed doors” project I am looking for something to do. With the downsizing I have had to sell my table saw so now I don’t have one, and my bandsaw isn’t wired for 110 yet. So I have to come up with something to do that doesn’t require those tools. I have a chunk of bass wood that has been laying around for some time. I don’t carve basswood and actually had it from my bear caricature carving from a long time ago. So with a lack of material and usefull tools I am contemplating doing something in abstract with that piece of wood. My question is should it be smooth abstract whereas you see a figure but no detail or should I carve definite detail so it “comes to life”. I know that it is going to be a mermaid and she will be “swimming” to the surface. Let me know what you all think. Thanks

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#1 posted 01-25-2009 09:22 PM

I would not have a clue, but anything to do with Mermaids I can not wait to see. The prettiest most awesome wood project I ever saw was a carved out mermaid. She stood close to 5 feet and I have never forgot that sight. She was spectacular. I can not wait to see what you come up with!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#2 posted 01-25-2009 09:58 PM

Thanks Allison. I can honestly say I don’t think I’m ready to carve a 5 foot mermaid. Wholly smokes that’s a lot of work. I can only imagine how nice it was. I will do my best to not disappoint you with this one.

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#3 posted 01-25-2009 10:07 PM

Lots of detail; so it comes to life…...............

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 01-25-2009 10:30 PM

So there has already been some changes in the hour and a half since I’ve posted this. First of all the chunk of basswood is to small to follow through with my plan so it will become something else. However, I don’t want to let the vision go while it’s still in my head so I used a jigsaw to cut a piece of 12/4 alder down to 5 3/4” so I could run it over the jointer. I then cut it in half ~12 1/4” long and have glued the 2 together. So now I will have a nice blank that is 5 7/8” x 5 3/4” x 12 1/4. That will give me a good start on my project. I also set up the die grinder and tried my rasps on a junk of maple. I haven’t carved with it before and honestly won’t be on this either. It’s a good concept but the dust flying into my face and the air compressor constantly running is enough to annoy me. So I will bust out the chisels and mallet, pull up a seat to my bench, listen to music, and let the chips fly. I may blog this carving because I promised to blog carving on the last project and didn’t. So there you have it. I am going to make a piece of abstract art that will feature a mermaid. It is undecided on the amount of detail whether it will be just a smooth form or a “real life” form. I’ll keep updating progress pics. Thanks and keep the comments comming.

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#5 posted 01-26-2009 06:16 PM

I agree with cabinetmaster! I am definetly a “full plastic” non abstract kind of guy, and keep the pics comming!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#6 posted 01-26-2009 07:32 PM

I think it will boil down to how much time and effort I feel like investing. It’s like going to work for no money, which is what I have been doing for several months now. I really need to make some life changes and get things back on track. I’ll definitely post some progress pics as they come. Oh, and I’ll blog a carving soon, just not this one. I’m feeling kinda amateur right now and don’t think it’s appropriate. Thanks guys.

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