Mardi Gras Indian

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Project by ClaudeF posted 12-19-2017 07:32 PM 749 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In Louisiana, Mardi Gras is probably a bigger holiday than Christmas. Definitely longer lasting, with parades and celebrations for several weeks. A friend asked me carve a Mardi Gras Indian for his wife for a Christmas present. Here’s a link about Mardi Gras Indians, for those of you unfamiliar with this. and here is a link to some images of the Mardi Gras Indians: Carving marabou feathers is just about impossible, so I carved this from basswood (10 inches tall, not counting feathers), and then drilled 1/32 inch holes every 1/4 inch around the chest plate, apron, back side of the arms, and the bonnet. I then inserted pieces of marabou into the holes and touched each one with super glue to hold it in the hole. The last photo shows a closeup of the feathers inserted in the bonnet. The colors purple, green, and yellow are traditional Mardi Gras colors.



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#1 posted 12-19-2017 07:37 PM

Nice and very very colorful! I think the carving on the face is spectacular.

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

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#2 posted 12-20-2017 12:23 AM

Nice work!

Mighty cooty fiyo, hey la hey, hey la hey

I’ve got a Big Chief, Big Chief, Big Chief of the Nation
Wild, wild creation!

Dr John – My Indian Red

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#3 posted 12-20-2017 11:44 AM

Now that’s a different Santa.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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