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Project by MARCO AURELIO R. GUIMARÃES posted 02-14-2009 11:01 PM 25329 views 22 times favorited 110 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This certainly isn’t a conventional woodworking project since it mix two
quite different kind of jobs.
I couldn’t even find an appropriate tag to post this kind of work in LJ’s!

Sometimes I like to join two or more materials, such as bronze, marble,
glass, etc., in just one woodwork project in order to avoid monotony and
trying to be a little bit more creative.
The nude female figure is made out of white marble and once LJ is a
woodworking site I’ll try to concentrate my description on the stool.
The wood species I used was Imbuhia (Ocotea porosa)- which you call Brazilian walnut in the
US. It is a very smelling wood species with a beautiful brownish color.
The great problem I got was to make a stool in which the hard woman piece
could “seat”!
Since the pose of the live model was some way involving the stool, it was
really difficult to make a stool so that I could seat the stiff human figure
on it.
After all, both elements were rigid so that no mistakes could happen.
Another difficulty was to exactly make the stool so that one of her feet was
on the floor and the other one supported by the stay-stool, in its other
side. This was particularly hard to achieve (at least for me!) because of
the 3D effect which I had to consider. That way the marble lady should, at
the same time, be seated on the surface of the stool and with both feet
rested on the exact places.
The small dimension of the set made things harder once a small error would
appear bigger than in a higher piece.

I gave this work to one of my sons as a birthday gift in his last
He embedded the blue eyes in the marble piece. (This was a choice I didn’t
do by myself… Of course I didn’t told him that.)
By the way, trying to increase some more ornamental (should I say artistic?)
value to the set, I also made the black granite base, and the column (in an
Italian marble) with the pedestal round piece and the capital found in
I ask to my woodworker fellows who consider that I’m invading the main
purpose of LJ’s site to please excuse me because this wasn’t my intention.
I thank you for visiting my work.


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#1 posted 02-14-2009 11:06 PM

The sculpture, and the base, look very beautiful.

-- Jason

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#2 posted 02-14-2009 11:29 PM

The detail on this is exceptional! You are one talanted man. In my opinion you are more then welcome to post work like this here simply because otherwise I would not have seen it. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 02-14-2009 11:32 PM

So do you fellow LJ’s actually believe that this guy carved this marble figure? Let’s hear it. Yes or No. Also, do you think he actually lights his fireplace with all those logs and no chimney? No way. If he carved this piece let’s see his workshop. If I’m wrong I’m deadA#[email protected] wrong. bbqKing.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 11:36 PM

I’m just waiting for the moral minority to come and complain that there is nude art on this site.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#5 posted 02-14-2009 11:40 PM

Don’t worry, it will be on the way, but not from me.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 11:49 PM

Beautiful!! True art. Thank you for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 02-15-2009 12:05 AM

I like it – it’s beautiful

Bbq – I’m not sure why you don’t think this gentleman could carve this. We’ve been carving stone for years and years. And a lot of us have fake fireplaces – mine doesn’t look nearly as good as his. And most of us have never posted pictures of our workshops so not sure why that would be important.

Looking forward to more of your work Marco.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#9 posted 02-15-2009 12:08 AM

You are a true master of the arts.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 02-15-2009 12:12 AM

Marco, this is a gorgeous piece of artwork. Any of the components of the project would be beautiful in their own right but it takes a true artist to combine all of them into a work like this. Thanks for the post. This is an inspirational piece.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 02-15-2009 12:29 AM

Once again Marco, what a great piece of art. You are very talented, thank you for sharing it with us.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#12 posted 02-15-2009 12:33 AM

Yes bbqking , I have faith that the man has carved the statue and made the stool on which she sits and that beautiful column besides ! Why would anyone post a project that is not their own here at the risk of being found out ? Give the man a break and respect his craftsmanship , please. My Grandparents had a wonderful faux fireplace in their house as well , and it always had a neat pile of White Birch logs stacked in it. Should we all go to your gallery and ponder whether or not you are the sole creator of your postings ?

Marco , you have done an excellent job on all of these fine projects : ) Thank you for posting them here . I want to see more of your Master Craftsmanship , please : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 02-15-2009 01:13 AM

Fantastic work! How long do you have to have a model to do something like that? Do you photo or sketch all angles, then let her go?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 02-15-2009 01:22 AM

bbqking you Obviously have not read Marco’s blog on Highland woodworking or any other statements he’s posted on this site let alone review his other work .
Before making such comments I would do some research (Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones especially in your case or mine)!
This man is in a league all his own= He is a Master of Masters
I could only dream of becoming as talented as he is !

Marco another master piece, I love it

Job Well Done my Friend

P.S. For all of you who think that this type of Nudity should not be on LJS Put your head in a Hole & cover your Kidds eyes!!!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#15 posted 02-15-2009 01:40 AM

Marco my friend – what beautiful work again, your work is always a masterpiece to behold. I wish we lived closer together so I could watch you as you make your pieces, you are one that I would like to learn from.
I am always so impressed with what I see you make, so much creativness, so much talent. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan Wiggins

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