African Lion

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Project by Heidi Neely posted 07-13-2010 07:13 PM 3748 views 5 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an African Lion carving done in basswood that I finished up on the 4th of July. It was a project of many firsts for me… first time carving on basswood, first time combining wood burning with carving, first time I’ve ever put a frame around a carving. After carving maple, pine, and redwood, I felt totally spoiled to be carving basswood…, what a difference! : )

After burning in the details, the carving was finished in 3 coats of Minwax wipe on poly (lightly sanded in between coats with 320). The frame is alder, stained with 4 coats of Varathane interior woodstain in “gunstock”, and then sprayed with several coats of Deft clear wood finish in semi-gloss.

I enjoyed making this one very much…the whole process from start to finish was fun!
All comments and constructive criticisms are welcome, and thank you for looking! : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#1 posted 07-13-2010 07:19 PM

Wow, that really turned out nice. It just looks perfect. I don’t know anything about carving, but I would think that would be difficult to put in a frame. You did a great job! I really llike the frame too.

-- Janice

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 07:43 PM

Very nice! Carving is much more fun with basswood, just depends on what you are carving. A lot of pyrographers like baltic birch plywood for woodburning also. Did you gte a new burner yet?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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Heidi Neely

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 08:03 PM

Thanks you two! What I like about the basswood for relief carving is that the mallett really wasn’t needed. Gentle pressure and a sharp chissel cuts right through like butter! What a treat after pounding away in the past on a hard slab of maple…lol!
No Mike.....same old burner still, unfortunately. Nothing new is in our budget right now, but it’s definately on my wish list!! hehe! ;~)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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

this is very nice..ive always liked the cats..he looks majestic..great job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 08:18 PM

Outstanding, Heidi!

The detailing is exceptional, right down to the little tree.

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

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#6 posted 07-13-2010 08:36 PM

comment´s ….............yes
constructive critisme….. no

simply fanstastic Heidi you deffently have come after it
ceep let them come you realy have talent for it
(and good looking too :-) does he know how lucky he is…..LOL)

thank´s for sharing

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#7 posted 07-13-2010 08:37 PM

He is a handsome beast, Heidi. Very well done. Thanks for posting.

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

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Heidi Neely

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#8 posted 07-13-2010 08:45 PM

Thanks Dennis for the kind compliments on ME and the project ; )
I think he knows…but reminding him never hurts anything! (I’m totally kidding…lol!)

No, but thank you everyone for all of the kind comments : )

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#9 posted 07-13-2010 09:13 PM

Another excellent carving of yours! Very nice.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 07-13-2010 09:18 PM

Very nice, great details, perfect carving thanks for posting wish I could post something that great.

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#11 posted 07-13-2010 10:36 PM

Another Great carving. You really have a talent for this.

-- RayCurtis

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#12 posted 07-13-2010 10:43 PM

Heidi I cant think of the words for how cool this is. Very impressive.

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#13 posted 07-13-2010 10:45 PM

Wow, I’m inspired. That piece is fantastic!

-- Buddy, Shreveport, [email protected]

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#14 posted 07-13-2010 10:51 PM

Really impressive projects – the carving and the frame. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 07-13-2010 11:14 PM

Your craft, your art is building and rising so wonderfully! An outstanding piece of art!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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