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Blog entry by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 11-20-2010 03:33 PM 10064 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Fellows,

People use to say that every Master’s dream is to be surpassed by his own Apprentice!
So, the first and still sole person who interested in learning woodcarving with me gives me the full impression that he will make my dream come through very soon… I am very happy!
His name is Luiz Favio Rocha Gomes who is an employee in the biggest Brazilian oil company, whose refinery is located in a nearby town. Despite the many activities he performs in his spare time, he still manages to find enough time to come to my apartment (a two-hour trip by car) fortnightly for a two-hour class.
In spite of this technical profession, he is also quite skilled in drawing and wood model making as an amateur. His previous experience in carving is limited to some abstract forms and now he intends to learn how to carve complex figurative motifs. The exchange of personal experiences has been very pleasant to both of us along the accomplished 8 classes
See attached some photos of his on-going woodwork whose model is represented only by a plain drawing of a decorative French motif (18th. Century) personally elected by him. That hard yellow wood is named Vinhatico (Plathymenia foliolosa).

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil

-- Dilo

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 04:12 PM

good you have someone
to share your skill and knowledge with

and you get to sit down
while he is in the closet lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 04:15 PM

How wonderful it must be to have such a devoted student. The piece even in the rough looks like it will be quite beautiful when finished.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 04:16 PM

Outstanding! Congratulations on the awesome experience you both are having….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 05:21 PM

Exquisite detail and design. I am sure the time you spend together is very rewading for the both of you. Another master in the making. Thanks for sharing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 11-20-2010 05:32 PM


Passing on your legendary skills will surly keep your artistry alive.

I am glad to know your knowledge will grow and expand so even more folks will be able to marvel at it’s beauty, as we have.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 11-20-2010 05:38 PM


it is wonderful that you want to spend your time teaching someone your mastery and i hope that this fellow takes what you teach and passes it on when the time is right you are truly wonderful to do this


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 11-20-2010 06:02 PM

Outstanding work….and such an intricate piece.

My grandfather said that a teacher brings out the dormant abilities of a student….helps them to realize their talents…. to improve them…while in the process leaning from the student. You are indeed realizing that here. You certainly have a very tallented and eager student….I envy you both.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 11-20-2010 06:39 PM

It would be a dream of mine to be instructed by a Master such as yourself.
You are so very talented and hopefully someday I will be also.
Great story thanks for sharing it.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#9 posted 11-20-2010 06:43 PM

How fortunate you both are. Keep us up to date on this new endeavor. That is going to be an awesome piece.

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#10 posted 11-20-2010 06:48 PM

how wonderful.
It is good that you can share your skills and pass them along.

Magnificent carving. Wow.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 11-20-2010 08:44 PM

I wish I was down in your area so you could teach me

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#12 posted 11-21-2010 06:20 AM


How generous of you to share your skills and pass on a dying art to yet another generation. How much we would love to live close to you and sneak in on your sessions.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 11-21-2010 03:03 PM

One of my other hobbies is carving leather. I’ve been teaching it to beginners and pros for over 35 years. I must have had more than a thousand students in that time. I too know the joy of having a student surpass me. It is such a thrill to find someone whose love of the craft matches your own and who has a natural talent that you can nurture and watch it bloom.

I think any of us who attain a high level of skill in a craft owe it to the craft to pass that skill and knowledge along. We all must die some time, but our skills can live on in those with whom we have shared them. Besides parenthood, it is the closest we will ever come to immortality.

Congratulations on finding a kindred soul to pass your extensive skills down to.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 11-21-2010 03:12 PM

Dilo, your apprentice is a mighty fortunate man to be able to work under your guiding hand in those private classes. He is already doing great work. It’s wonderful.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 11-22-2010 10:37 AM

You have a great skill it’s good to pass it on

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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