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Project by Bob Collins posted 05-15-2009 02:32 PM 2678 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

May have made a mistake by colouring this project. Carved from radiata pine and used wood dye to colour.
33 inched high 14 inched wide.
Pic 3 shows holes drilled for the scroll sawing and start of scrollsawing
Pic 2 carved and wood burniing commenced (not I cut of the original border
Pic 1 3 ply background spray painted and frame made commercially made picture framing

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.





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pat sherman

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#1 posted 05-15-2009 02:48 PM

well i think i tlooks ok. the only thing i might have changed is to put more red on the phonex. but it looks good. like the way you did the green finally on the dragon. did notrealize how big it was.

oh if you dont sell it. my birthday is in sept. lol

-- pat,ohio...http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y198/patshwigar/

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#2 posted 05-15-2009 03:14 PM

I love it, where did you learn to carve? I would love to learn how.

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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#3 posted 05-15-2009 04:06 PM

This is wild

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Allison

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#4 posted 05-15-2009 05:32 PM

Incredible. How thick is a piece of wood like this to be able to scroll it and carve it? I really wwould like to know? I will check back. Great job!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 02:31 AM

Thanks for the comments. Another enjoyable project. Must take more notice of your hints Pat, date and time of birth needed. Don, didn’t learn from anyone just had a go at a simple carving a few years back, searched the net for hints and from members of great sites like L.J’s Allison, this piece of pine was 5/8 inch
thick would have liked it a bit thicker so I could have got the dragons head to stand out more.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 05:06 AM

Fantastic carving. Thought it looked okay at first till I saw it not colored. Color is good though. I think the big red background is wrong. Too solid. Maybe tone it ( lighter in the middle , transition to the dark red on the edge,) or go with a different color not so primary.

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

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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 03:43 PM

Thanks for the comments Jack. Like you I prefer the un painted carving and I wall certainly do it again with just clear varnish. Red is the Chinese colour but just didn’t suit this project. Wish you could do transision with a can of spray paint. Have posted two more I did red backgrounds for and look forward to what you think.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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rodb

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 04:31 PM

I love the fact that you showed the work in progress. I wish more people would do that.
I really like how you have shown the scroll saw holes, that is great.
If it was a mistake to color it or not is really up to you. As a fellow artist you have to try and put forward your vision. If your vision of this was colored then color it. I like it either way Bob.
Rod

-- R

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rodb

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 04:32 PM

By the way, what types of tools do you use? I use a Dremel for most of my carvings and a few hand tools.
How about you?
Rod

-- R

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Bob Collins

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#10 posted 05-17-2009 01:23 AM

Agree with you Rod, paint or not to paint is how you see things in the mind. Like you the Dremel is my main tool but power chisels and hand tools all come into play. Be interesting to know what percentage of carvers rely on the Dremel which was always a dirty word.

First time I have shown the work in progress, hope the idea catches on to more contributors on the site, now that we can put in six pictures..

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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