Image of Narcissus

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Project by rdlaurance posted 03-30-2009 10:59 PM 1840 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was the first actual wood carved sculpture that I did (about 1980). Not carving again until just a few years ago.

Sorry that the photo isn’t better or that I couldn’t include detail shots. Back in those days photography was more expensive and a bit trickier. Alas, this piece was damaged during its first exhibition, beyond repair. The flower head is (was) padauk while the stem and leaves are (were) of bocote. The flower petals were split on a table saw, routed out and then a mirror was placed between the two halves as they were laminated back together and the petal was rounded and finished. All five petals were done this way including the center piece, yielding six reflections of the viewer (the Narcissistic variety….LOL) to him/herself.

All the carving on this was done with a Dremel and rotary bits. The Bocote leaves were approximately 3mm thick yet surprisingly (to me) remained quite strong. After getting some good feedback on this piece from a couple of sculpture professors, I decided to return to school and work towards my art degrees. So I guess this was the piece that turned me around.

The base of mahogany, if I recall correctly, measured about 14”x14” which may give some indication of size.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 11:55 PM

a pretty special piece – not only beautiful but an inspiration for your future. Bravo

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

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#2 posted 03-31-2009 02:01 AM

That’s too much. That’s too much work. Great first carving, interesting idea.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 03-31-2009 02:23 AM

very nice … great details and ideas

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

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#4 posted 03-31-2009 02:34 AM

Fantastic design and nice detail. Not bad for a first time carving. Thanks for sharing

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 02:35 AM

All your work is awesome! All I can say is WOW!

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#6 posted 11-11-2012 12:21 PM

I enjoyed reading about all your projects, Rick. Superb work on the hands!!!



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