The Sawcliffe Green man #2: The Sawcliffe Green man #2

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Blog entry by Michael Anthony Zelonis posted 03-14-2014 07:02 PM 1238 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First cuts into the Sawcliffe Green man….let me extol the wonders of my new found favorite wood, Alaskan yellow cedar! I am already addicted to it’s texture. It has more resistance to the tool than basswood as it is somewhat more dense, and although the grain is tighter, fine, fingerprint like figure comes to light with every slice of the gouge. The hardness, while easy to cut through and cooperative in every direction (no tear out, splinters, or flaking here!), will compliment the detail I hope to achieve with solid strength. While faintly reminiscent of Western red cedar, the scent of this wood has a slightly musty component but not strange enough to put one off. This species almost seems unreal, if I could have imagined a magical carving substance I could not have come up with anything this good. I will enjoy every second of this carving, and finish it’s labor with a heavy heart.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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Scott R. Turner

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 08:05 PM

So you don’t rough this out on the bandsaw first?

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 08:40 PM

Should be very nice Michael. You’re off to a good start.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 01:15 AM

I could have done a little Scott, but with so much detail that might be lost and the piece being only 7”x5”x3.75” I thought roughing with a gouge would be just as well. I use as little power as possible on smaller pieces, I am kind of a throwback in that way…......

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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