Self Portrait of The Artist As An Old Person

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Walnut. Turned on a lathe. (the flash obscures the lovely claro walnut colors) Getting old ain’t for sissies!

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 02:24 PM

Very cool. I’m sure James Joyce would love it too. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 02:26 PM

them rite there be some deep wrinkles!
Nice project, thanks for sharing

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

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#3 posted 05-05-2010 03:33 PM

This makes me think of what would occur if Picasso and Boulanger collaborated in woodworking.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 05-05-2010 04:27 PM

Very nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 05-05-2010 04:28 PM

Good to see you embrace an eclectic assortment of styles in your work. Big words for ‘you can do things in different ways’.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 05-05-2010 06:01 PM

mmh: Just think what it is like having them in your head trying to get out!
Jim: that’s because I’m a deep thinker
Martyn: thanks, it comes from a tad of schizophrenia & a dollop of multiple personality!
Appreciate all the comments and apologize for the horrible photograph. I have tried for 6 mos to get a picture of this. It either sucks in the light like a black hole, or reflects it like crazy. My little pocket camera squishes pictures. This is really taller & skinnier. Not so squat. (much like myself LOL)
Charlie: I hated his books, why would he like my art? HAHAHA LOL

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#7 posted 05-05-2010 06:02 PM

Cool, I like it. I had fun deconstructing and reconstructing the parts back to the original in my head, like a puzzle.

Does that mean you are a puzzling person? Or is it age that puzzles you? ;)

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#8 posted 05-05-2010 06:13 PM

Mary Anne, are you trying to confuse the aged and senile? LOL It’s no puzzle. It’s what I look like trying to get out of bed in the morning after cutting ,splitting and stacking 5 cords of firewood. I know what confuses you..there’s no critter on my body anywhere., so you can’t relate. Next work of art I’ll try incorporate various animals. Hey I have bowls like that already made. ( you did relate to my fish bowl? LOL) I’ll post it soon. It’s a series of 3 as a tribute to the northwoods.

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Mary Anne

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#9 posted 05-05-2010 06:25 PM

When I was a kid, I thought I knew it all.
As I age everything in life becomes a puzzle.
Animals are uncomplicated and true.

5 cords?! Ouch! You wanna come over and take care of the two oak trees I had cut down?

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#10 posted 05-05-2010 07:24 PM

That is great Michelle. It reminds me of my daily schedule of work/yard/house/writing/takecareofmother, which is those three split in the center. :-)
Really a nice turning. You are very creative. Rest that sore body!

PS – that must have been fun, to cut it and then rearrange the pieces, “Maybe this way, no, maybe this way, no, ah-ha! there it is!”


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#11 posted 05-06-2010 06:49 PM

Nice work,I see the base as being turned on a face plate in a lathe,but the top part?did you cut up 3 parts to make it?It confuses me ,is it supposed to?Splitting fire wood you had to remind me,I must start that soon.Thank you for the vote on my scroll work.John aka qlty

-- John aka qlty

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#12 posted 05-06-2010 07:32 PM

Hi qlty: sure it was meant to confuse!!HA naw, all was turned on a faceplate..then cut & rearanged. We old folks love to confuse you young ‘uns..

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#13 posted 05-07-2010 08:51 PM

it´s for sure a twisted brain that come up wíth this
thank´s for sharing Michelle


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#14 posted 05-08-2010 12:40 AM

Kinda cool Super Squirrel Girl. It has what I call movement with all the lines. Every thing is not stright lines if you trace the lines you move around. I like it bunches. You know me I love Walnut.

-- GAR

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#15 posted 05-08-2010 03:12 PM

Beautiful art!!! You are a inspiration to me. Thank you.

-- Dennis Zongker

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