"Nang Nakalabit" (pregnant torso) Amboyna burl

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 12-21-2009 05:01 PM 5562 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dimension: Ht 43” W 16” D 8” I did this sculpture in 2007 out of narra ( Amboyna) burl. I had the burl lying around in my studio for around 4 years before the image of the pregnant lady revealed itself to me out of the thin undulating crusts of burl. It was quite a challenge as a sculptural project. Full control on the material was taken away by the sheer thickness of the wood and its hardness. The sculpture took 1-1/2 months to finish.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 05:08 PM

Hi Benji, and welcome to Lumberjocks. I saw the beautiful bench you built in another post, seems we have a celebrity in our midst! Can’t wait to see more of your work!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 12-21-2009 05:27 PM

man you are a great naughty artist, i love your works and welcome to LJ’s.



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#3 posted 12-21-2009 06:10 PM

That is an amazing piece of burl… and a great sculpture. I REALLY enjoy sculpture.. carving is my favorite way to work wood. Thanks!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#4 posted 12-21-2009 06:18 PM

Let me catch my breath WOW This is true art at its finest !!!

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

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#5 posted 12-21-2009 07:58 PM

Well now I understand the chair designs better. You are actually a great artist masquerading as a woodworker ( and doing a darned good job of it too). Welcome to LJ Benji. I hope you will be staying here a long long time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 02:14 AM

That’s my man!

-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 02:37 AM

Very very nice. Forgive mebut, the sanding must have been interesting.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 04:13 AM

This is very well executed.

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 08:29 PM


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 12-26-2009 02:35 PM

very nice idea and very nice result

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#11 posted 01-20-2010 05:12 PM

WOW!!! Gorgeous, inspiring and impressive.

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#12 posted 01-20-2010 06:54 PM

I just said my goodbyes to my pregnant torso sculpture. She’s leaving next week to her new home in Singapore. Sigh…..............

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, Instagram benji reyes

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#13 posted 01-21-2010 03:45 AM

i have a hard time parting with some of my work…
she still loves you, man…
yer skill iz awesome…

-- rookie ...we'll see what happens...

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#14 posted 01-25-2010 05:37 AM

um.. wow

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