"Grand Canyon" Juniper Carved vessel

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Project by scott shangraw posted 02-13-2010 02:27 AM 3644 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first picture is of a Juniper vessel that I carved. This piece definately deservs it’s name “Grand Canyon”. The picture doesn’t show just how large this piece is. It is approximately 36” tall and 34” wide. It came from a Juniper tree estimated to be around 800 yrs old. I used the chainsaw like I do on all the carved pieces to carve a bulk of the material away and then grinders to do more of the finess shaping. I decided to leave some of the holes open and not fill them with turquoise.

The second picture is a Choke Cherry piece called “Happy as a Clam”. This piece was approx. 12” tall by 18” long. We put a few different stones in this piece (Sugalite, Red Corral and Turquoise) to make it more colorful. I carved a few folds and bends in this piece to add depth.

The third picture is a professional photo of “Margarita Ville”. This picture shows off the piece much better than the one I took myself. This is a Choke Cherry wood with turquoise inlayed and it sits on a piece of flagstone. Stephanie named it, because it looks like a big Margarita Glass. It would be great at a party.

The forth photo is a side profile of “Surprise Sensation”. I didn’t have this shot when I downloaded this piece a while back. This picture really shows all the folds and bends I carved on the inside. It’s my favorite.

Other recent Vessel pictures

””Tidal Wave Carved Burl Vessel

””Kaleidoscope Carved Vessel

””Divided Carved Vessel

Other Carved pieces

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 02-13-2010 03:08 AM

These truely are beautiful.

-- R

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#2 posted 02-13-2010 03:14 AM

Hi Scott:

Your work is Absolutely Beautiful! My favourite is the one on the wooden base. They’ve all been named “Grand Canyon” on the picture review. I’d be PROUD to have any one of them on display in the middle of my Living Room.

Of course I’d have to have you Craft a Frame to contain a Picture of the 2 Artisans responsible for ”Uncovering Nature At It’s Best!!”

I’ve also added you as the first ”Buddie” on my list. Hope that’s okay with you.

Rick ( From FREEZIN’ COLD Canada. New Mexico EH?)

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 04:13 AM

Beautiful pieces. That is pure art.

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 04:25 AM

Scott – I love this type of work. Your sculpted forms are a great interpretation of the material. These forms create a visual music in my head

We are missing out on the mass and character that these pieces generate in a room by only having the pictures to view.

I have long wanted to do something in this vein of thought. Seeing your work is motivating.

These are simply beautiful.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 05:26 AM

Thansk everyone !!!
Rick thanks for the kind words I may be in NM but we have really been beaten up this winter was 2 degrees this AM but I’m sure our winter is probably still mild comapared to yours !!!
Todd -I find great pleasure in doing these carved vessels, they really do need to be seen in a setting to appreciate the scope and texture of these peices

-- Scott NM,

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 02:08 PM

Absolutely Beautiful…... you are one talented individual. I wish I had half your talent, your ART shows your love for the wood…...... awesome!

  • “A Tip of the Hat to you Sir” *

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 03:13 PM

Wow, great form, great wood, great job.
Thanks for sharing

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 05:24 PM

Fantastic! The real deal.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#10 posted 02-13-2010 05:45 PM

Very impressive! You have an excellent eye for shape and form.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 02-13-2010 05:58 PM

Wow thats huge! My hats off to you sir.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 02-13-2010 07:17 PM

Great piece of art Scott , you have done a super job with shaping the form , and you sure must have a light touch near the end of the project to not break out the edges. Well done , btw – where do you find your supplies of turquoise, sugalite, and red Corral ?

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#13 posted 02-13-2010 07:33 PM

Incredible, leaving some holes was a good choice, it really adds to the work

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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#14 posted 02-13-2010 07:39 PM

WOW…such beautiful pieces! Roughed out with a chainsaw…that must be tedious…..What kind of grinder do you use for the finish work? I would have an extremely hard time capturing such even using my expensive lathe….I love the inlays of turquois you use for stabilizing. The other vessels are also spectacular. Bravo, to some awesome works…thanks for sharing them with us.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 02-13-2010 08:39 PM

You got it going on!

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