"Church and State" Base Relief

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First my apologies to my friends here at LJ’s, I mean no intention to offend, for I love the Lord with my heart, but as an young artist I tended to take on most projects as long as no blasphamy was inherent in the project. This was my first wood piece , experimenting in woodsculpting, 20 years ago. The piece was created using jointed pine for the head, arms, trunk, loin cloth and cross, each Ground and shaped to fit. The beard was created using a mix of wood puddy and glue, sculpting as I went along, then grinding to finish. The buildings and clouds were ground and shaped 1/4” plywood. Acrylics and stains were used for color and to add depth to the anatomical features, and loincloth. Its completion is what drew me into the fine arts.

-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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#1 posted 04-24-2010 07:11 AM

My first piece was a bird that I won Best in Show with – LOL the funny part was, whoever was judging didn’t know their birds very well because the “Western Flicker Flasher” was something I made up in every way – name, beak, color, feathers and size – it was basically a fat bird with a long beak and feathers I burned in with a thick soldering iron. I thought I was so hot that I took it to another show – unfortunately didn’t fool a soul as all my flicker flasher got was a lot of laughs. But like you say, something about our first projects are where we find that passion to continue….and don’t apologize, I don’t think yours is all that bad actually.


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#2 posted 04-24-2010 10:45 AM

Wow, Some real craftsmanship. Very well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-24-2010 11:21 AM

Beautiful piece and very nicely done. I have one of my very first projects that I gave to my mom. It was a cedar chest that I built in shop class. MY GOD, how time flies when your having fun. Been doing woodworking for over 40 years and still am.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-24-2010 03:42 PM

Very well done, especially for a first piece. Was there at one time a “crown of thorns”?

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 04-24-2010 05:41 PM

Very good depth perception…I think you did a very fine job.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#6 posted 04-24-2010 08:31 PM

Nice carving. Very nice.

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

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#7 posted 04-25-2010 06:43 AM

Could any work be bad that praises Jesus? Wonderful job and remember that all your talent is a gift from God and He deserves the credit. Keep at it, it only gets better.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 01:01 AM

Hello Brad, I never included a thorn crown, because it bothered me as it was to lash the body. I know that it sounds strange, because it is but an object but the idea was enough. Originally the crown was going to be steam treated branches that were going be sharpened once cured and pegged in place. Thanks for the question, and all the responses folks.

-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 11:33 AM

Thanks JE

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 05-04-2010 11:00 PM

Jamiel are you that sick. Knock off the meanness or by by.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#11 posted 05-05-2010 06:20 AM

Jamiel is really a sad little girl, I have read all of her posts and she really has nothing to offer this group. Her lack of professionalism and inability to control her emotional outburst make her extremely undesirable. I say we vote this one off the Island and not have to worry about her and her comments. She obviously didn’t do that band saw box, most likely posted someone else’s work found on the internet, thats why there was only one photo of it.

-- Danger lerks behind every oppertunity to learn common sense - Chip Estrada

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#12 posted 05-08-2010 09:42 PM

Good stuff! Very evocative which in my mind is NEVER a bad thing. Challenge, I say and let the discussion begin. Keep it up.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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