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Project by Roger posted 05-03-2006 07:22 PM 12077 views 57 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used a piece of Manzanita for this and guess that it took around 300 hours to complete. I did have the shapeing and sanding complete once and tried tung oil as a finish and it turned a crappy brown. I hated it and figured after about 200 hours I couldn’t stop there so started grinding and sanding again. After a consultation with Sam Maloof on what finish to use that would keep it as red as possible (He suggested using only a dark tinted wax) it was time to make a base. For the base I used a piece of MDO (medium density overlay) that I had laying around shaped it sanded it laqured it sanded it rubbed it out polished and waxed it. After it was completed I brought it back over to Sam’s for critque and he did like it but suggested that the shape of the base might pull your eye away and distract from the sculpture (see the over saturated picture #2). This is exactly what my Mother had said when she had seen it, however I was sick and tired of working on this by now and left it as is. Maybe if I find a nice oval piece of marble someday i’ll change it, let me know your opinon on the base change or not?

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#1 posted 05-04-2006 04:19 PM

This is nice work, after doing a lot of free form work myself, I can easily see why the hours added up for you. If I had not read Sam’s comments on the large base, I probably would never have thought of it, that is why he is “The Living Master” (my words). This stylized piece reminds me of another artist who’s work I admire, J. Christopher White.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 05-06-2006 08:24 AM

Thanks for the comments. When I was sculpting the project I had never heard of Mr. White but after seeing his book that is what I was trying to get with the finish. I love the glass like look he gets.

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#3 posted 05-26-2006 03:26 PM

Beautiful work. I actually quite like the base (but I bow to Sam’s comments). Must be a wonderful thing to be able to get that kind of feedback from a real master.

Great work.


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#4 posted 06-05-2006 07:52 AM

This piece left me speechless (and that rarely ever happens). It’s got a classic & sophisticated look and is very elegant. Hint: Also doubles as a defensive weapon in case of a B&E. Keep it in an easy to reach area; ie. on your night stand. :)

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#5 posted 06-18-2006 10:16 PM

Thanks for the complements Caocian & Superbabe621

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#6 posted 07-22-2006 07:22 PM

I know I’m no Sam Maloof, but I like the base. It’s darkness contrasts nicely with the sculpture.

and all I can say is WOW!

I just signed up for Lumberjocks today and this is the first piece I got to take a look at. Simply amazing. I look forward to seeing more work of yours and others.

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#7 posted 08-01-2006 06:46 AM

Keep the base …keep the base. Sweeet

-- DaneA

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#8 posted 09-25-2006 11:42 PM


-- Jesus is Lord!

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#9 posted 11-04-2006 03:26 PM

I’m sorry for the offhand remark I made about Sam Maloof. After doing some reading I feel really stupid, this guy wrote the book, did’nt he? The Sam and and Alfreda Foundation is a noble and worthy cause and must help many people. And you’ve worked with him? I’m not knowledgable enough to even comment. I just know I like your work. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 11-05-2006 10:44 AM

Mike, No problem don’t even worry about it I’m glad you like my work, I’ll shoot you a e-mail with a new full size picture recently taken. Take care Roger

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#11 posted 11-06-2006 10:23 PM

Roger, you mention the sculpture is made from used manzanita, I checked with the woodsource and they hadn’t heard of it. Is it a plastic or some other medium. I like what you can do with it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 11-06-2006 10:27 PM

It should of said I used Manzanita. But you can find Manzanita on e-bay the one thing about it is it’s protected in California where I live so we have to get it from Mexico. It’s a small shrub/bush.

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#13 posted 11-09-2006 02:35 AM

my opinion … keep the base. Sam would have probably made a different base, and I would have used a framing hammer. That’s where each artist’s “artistic Genius” plays a part. We all can’t be Sam Maloof, but it’s a beautiful work.

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#14 posted 11-09-2006 08:58 AM

Well said, thanks for the complement.

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#15 posted 12-31-2006 09:27 AM

Roger, you do something with wood that I’ve never been able to achieve. Unless the photographs lie, you finishing techniques leave your pieces looking absolutely smooth and blemish free. The just beg to be touched. Could you give us more detail on how this is accomplished?

Love your work!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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