Firefighter Carving

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 11-01-2010 12:58 AM 3668 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am posting this here because I suppose this isn’t a finished project and I don’t feel like getting attacked by the site police today. This carving is inspired by a painting from The painting is a very cool painting done by Veteran Firefighter/Artist Allan Albaitis. If I had money I’d love to buy some of his work. Please visit his site.
The wood is Mahogany. I’m not 100% sure what I am doing with it, but the end result will be donated to my local fire station as a thank you for putting out my dryer fire. Had they not come I could have lost everything, which isn’t much, but it would have been tough none the less.
I don’t think our local emergency services get 1/2 the recognition they deserve. I want to thank all the firefighters, police officers, paramedics, dispatchers, 911 opperators, and anyone else who is involved with our direct safety. They are truly heros.
As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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pat sherman

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#1 posted 11-01-2010 01:07 AM

is looking good. would like to see it finished. hard wood to carve also.

-- pat,ohio...

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#2 posted 11-01-2010 01:08 AM

Very nicely done. I’m sure your local dept will be very pleased and appreciative. Glad everything turned out okay with your emergency as well.

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 11-01-2010 01:26 AM

Wauuuu, I’m amazed!
It’s beautiful, you are a master of carving.
Dont listen to the site police, it’s people with no lust for life.
You should post this as a project.
My respect to the firefighters also, always such nice guys with a will as steel.
Today my daughter and I was at the local firestation, because they had a campain that you could have free bicycle lights for the kids of fifth grade at my commune. So we went there to get a set. When we came they said they could mount them for us, but I said that it was not needed, that I could do it my self. But while we where shown the big truck and learning about when the trucks can’t see the kids, they had taken the bike of my car, and mounted them, but not only this the bike was hanging back on the hook. Respect!!!
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 11-01-2010 01:34 AM

awesome work buddy, first thing I’d do is make a rubber mold from that carving. you could then make multiples of it. one for each firefighter.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 11-01-2010 02:09 AM

Nicely done

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 02:17 AM

What a wonderful gesture! This is going to look great! The image is very stirking – I am sure the firefighters will display it proudly.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-01-2010 06:39 AM

Looks really cool and I am sure the guys will appreciate your gesture of thanks

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#8 posted 11-01-2010 06:44 AM

that looks great, are you going to leave it a la natural or paint it?

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 11-01-2010 02:10 PM

Very nice. MY Dad was a fireman and AMT/EMT. Yes I miss him.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 11-01-2010 05:47 PM

Very well done, I have to agree with DaN make a mold and make some casts.

-- "When was the last time you did something special for your gun?"

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#11 posted 11-02-2010 04:44 AM

Amazing work! Just remember that firefighting is a passion and thanks is never expected.

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#12 posted 11-02-2010 05:12 AM

Incredible!!!! I have some friends that are firefighters, so I’m sending them a link to this page. Your truly a talented artist.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 05:39 AM

Amazing work Keith.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 05:52 AM

You’ve done an excellent job of capturing the emotion of the painting and transferring it on to the wood.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#15 posted 11-18-2010 09:24 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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