Portal in norwegian dragonstyle. And a smal peek at a dining room table and chairs.

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Project by koraile posted 05-15-2015 01:17 PM 3124 views 16 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another dragonportal, made in slowgrowing highland pine. Also in the Familys style. Both Projects are ofc handcarved only.

The dining room table and Chairs is one of the most special commisions i have ever carved, its details are amazing and so small, and the time put into it is staggering. Its carved in high quality silver Birch and in the family accantus style. Carved together With my father and 2 uncels, i have carved most of the table and 3-4 Chairs. we try to carve so we make one Chair eatch to not mix Our personal style differences in detailing in one item.

Both Projects are copyrighted.

I am a bit afraid of posting some of the Things i make, i realy dont want the family patterns or photos spread to mutch, so thats one of the main reason i dont post more Things than i do, or add more detailed photos. But then again, its sad to not let others see the work one do and put so mutch effort into. Sadly i have already had to many encounters With copyists and ppl trying to do that already, so just being carefull from experience. And im only voicing this because im curious what others think abouth this. Am i overly causcious or?

I just love my Craft, the traditions and the honour in creating something that you have putt all Your knowledge,skill and love into. And then i encounter People With no understanding of the crafters morale, like this Winter, i had a student, she told me straight out that she only wanted to learn enaugh to be able to start producing replicas With a cnc to sell it cheap as souvenirs. I just had to tell her that i sadly could not be her teatcher anymore from that moment on, and that i would never contribute to see that happen, and she could not understand this.

And I, i dont understand this attitude at all, it just pains my crafter hearth.

That was the conserns of today :) I have just been pondering this for a vile and need to hear someone elses wiew on it.

Hope you like the portal and the dinningroom sett, i enjoyed making it.! :)

-- Bard son of iver

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#1 posted 05-15-2015 01:33 PM

Heck of a project. I don’t blame you for being irked by that CNC student. Beautifully done, and no need to worry about me stealing your work. I couldn’t come close if I tried :)

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#2 posted 05-15-2015 01:46 PM

Stunning work! This is what “craftsmanship” looks like. The dragons and vinery are amazing.

I understand your concern over copying of your work. It not only robs you of your ideas and design work, but cheap imitations can take future works from you and depress the local market values.
But, those who value true craftsmanship will always want the best and your work would be very hard to surpass!

Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful work!

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#3 posted 05-15-2015 02:09 PM

Stunning work. I echo MRFid. I couldn’t copy it if I tried. I certainly understand your desire to protect and maintain the integrity of your craft. I’m encouraged that, in this age of mass-produced product, craftsmen like you still exist.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#4 posted 05-15-2015 02:33 PM

You are a true artist! Many other woodworkers/carvers, like myself, are craftsman who can follow or adapt another’s design, but lack the artistic/creative skills to make their own designs. I doubt a CNC router could approach the quality of carving discriminating clients like yours demand. However, I see your concern with other carvers…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 05-15-2015 02:45 PM

I love this Project, and I completely agree with your concerns. i haven’t posted any of my origional pieces since finishing my fine furniture training. Once it is on the internet, there is no control.
This is truely inspirational carving and form, I am glad u posted it.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#6 posted 05-15-2015 03:02 PM

What a stunning project! I completely understand your concerns and consider it a treat to see this. The photos that show the entire project give a good perspective on the scope of the project and limit the risk of copying.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 05-15-2015 05:27 PM

We are grateful for whatever glimpses you are willing to show us. I fully understand your concerns but it would be my feeling that the discerning clientele you serve seek you out because of reputation and are looking for the very best, price not important. This type of client won’t be buying from a “copy cat” because without your deep family history and skills they simply won’t be “the very best” and his willingness to do the work cheaper would have little effect on them

As for the cheap CNC knock offs, I’m afraid that as long as your work can be seen anywhere by the public and photographed, they are a possibility. However they will lack the pedigree and while it may be sad to see the “family style” mass produced in cheap souveneers, I doubt it would do financial harm to your business.

It sucks that people will do these things but they do.

Thank you so much for posting here so that people who really appreciate what you and your family do can have a glimpse of your fine work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 05-15-2015 05:27 PM

Wow- incredible is far too tame of a word to describe your creation. I couldn’t even draw it let alone carve such a master piece. Thanks for sharing.

Overlay ‘copyright by Koraile’ on your photos for a small amount of protection as photographers do.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#9 posted 05-15-2015 06:23 PM

Absolutely amazing… Thank you very much for sharing! Would love to have half the talent you and the family exhibit here…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 05-15-2015 06:26 PM

Truly inspiring. I’ve been staring at these picture for half an hour and still can’t fathom how such beautiful work can be done. You and your family are masters. I wish I knew of a way to protect your work but, being here in America, I’m not sure what legal protections you’d have in Norway, let alone the international market. Your other problem, if I understand your post correctly, is that you’ve made this work in the “family’s style.” I’m not sure if you mean your own family or a family that may have commissioned the work. If the design is not yours or your family’s, I’m not sure how you could prevent someone else from copying work over which you may not have intellectual ownership. If it is yours, it would be well worth the effort to consult a legal expert in your area. Your level of expertise and artistry warrants it.

Your work simply takes my breath away.

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#11 posted 05-15-2015 06:41 PM

Beautiful projects. I have great admiration and respect for your skill.

To help protect your design you could use an “electronic watermark” on the photos – it is an image that appears on the photo and makes it harder to get a clear copy. Several other members of Lumberjocks use them on the photos of their projects.

Thank you for sharing and thank you for taking a stand to support true craftsmanship over mass production.

-- Leafherder

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#12 posted 05-15-2015 07:09 PM

Are you Kidding me, I couldn’t copy that ever! Wow, Amazing work and I thank-you for sharing it with us fellow Lumberjocks. 99% on here love Woodworking and viewing and learning from others here. There will always be scammers out there, but that is the world we live in. I suspect it’s always been that way.

I have to agree with the comments above that your customers are not going to settle for knock off or copies.

You & your family truly are a Masters, Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 05-15-2015 09:40 PM

Just flat out unbelievable skill and craftsmanship! Thank you for taking a chance and sharing with us.

-- Ben in Va

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#15 posted 05-15-2015 09:42 PM

Now that’s an eye-opener!

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