Coppered Ginkgo

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Project by Ellen posted 02-07-2015 10:44 PM 1541 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year I make something out of wood and donate it to the Memphis Child Advocacy “Works of Heart” auction that benefits abused children.

This piece is this year’s donation. It is made of yellow heart wood. The actual leaf is 13″ × 41″ and the velvet covered ply with Walnut trim top and bottom measure 24″ × 51″ so it makes quite a presence in the gallery.

The leaf is carved with angle grinder and the new Arbortech turbo plane which really helped sculpt this quickly.

Hope you like it. I do start with a real ginkgo leaf and use that for inspiration and guidance.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 02-07-2015 11:35 PM

Ellen…this is beautiful. You are so talented. I love your work. Someone at the auction is going to go home very happy!!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 02-08-2015 01:19 AM

This is absolutely stunning Ellen! WowZa times ten girl. You have a big and wonderous heart, and a super talent for carving such a fine piece, and, for a gr8 cause. Good stuff.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 02-08-2015 02:21 AM

Excellent work Ellen, a very natural looking piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-08-2015 06:45 PM

Holy cow, you have that creative eye that most of can only envy. Truly a beautiful piece and for a wonderful cause. Many kudos going your way.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 02-08-2015 09:42 PM

Beautiful art. And wonderful cause.

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#6 posted 02-08-2015 09:55 PM

Ho did you know that leaf was inside that piece of wood? ;)
It IS beautiful.

-- Fingers are a poor substitute for a push stick.

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#7 posted 02-08-2015 10:19 PM

Fabulous piece Ellen it really shows up your wonderful skills, bet this gets the money it deserves :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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