Smaller replica of a Carlos Mata bronze bull

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Project by AllanK posted 10-28-2017 10:27 PM 1117 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I carved this bull as a present for my wife (she’s a Taurus). We saw the original in an art show in Miami – second photo – and loved it. Mine is about 18” tall.

It’s carved from a single piece of walnut, with only the horns being glued on (yes, the tail is part of the original piece, not glued on – the hardest part!). The piece started as a long board with a sapwood edge, which I cut in half lengthwise, and edge-glued back together to get a wider board with the sapwood streak down the middle.

I finished it with Arm ‘R Seal Oil and Urethane Topcoat, which was an absolute breeze. But! My wife thought it is too shiny, so she gave it to her brother!

Now I’m working on the next Carlos Mata replica – this time a horse, half size. the third picture shows the original (same art show). I’ll be using Danish Oil on this one. I’ll post a finished version when I’m done.

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#1 posted 10-28-2017 10:29 PM

I guess I don’t know how to rotate the horse picture, sorry!

-- "Stupidity is forever, but ignorance can be fixed."

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#2 posted 10-29-2017 10:02 AM

Awesome art work! Very cool combination of curves and straight cuts – I’m realy impressed with this.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 10-29-2017 08:03 PM

Awesome art work! Very cool combination of curves and straight cuts – I m realy impressed with this.

- majuvla

I do think the bull is magnificently done! “No Bull!”

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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