An Oasis

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Project by jlchrls posted 01-03-2018 08:56 PM 668 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I have been 4 to 5 months on this project and as the time got closer to it being done, the more my mind obsessed with it, waking at 4 or 5 in the a.m. thinking of my next steps. I have named it Oasis. It is carved from a single piece of live oak measuring approximately 12” long, 9” high and 6” deep and weighing about 20 lbs. I have whittled, scraped, sanded, and gouged away almost 90% or the wood as it now weighs in at 2 lbs 10 oz. It was taken at the notch of 2 branches. You cannot tell because I have stained it, but the wood was spalted. I chose to stain the wood even though it had great qualities raw, but I wanted the stain to create greater contrast for seeing the details. I have again had to create some carving knives to achieve detail in the close interior areas and modify an angle drill attachment to gouge out the interior of the well. The tools I have used were – and angle grinder with an abrasive flap wheel to hog out the excess material to create the shape; a pneumatic die grinder with carbide burrs and wheels to begin detailing the trees, the canopy and the well; a Dremel Fortiflex Heavy Duty Variable Speed Flex Shaft with various bits for finer detailing; and some gouges and my special carving knife, made from an old lawnmower blade, to refine the details. I will be adding a battery powered tealight to the well to show the open matrix of the canopy.

-- jlchrls, FL,

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#1 posted 01-04-2018 06:08 AM

I like the solid wood carvings. Well done. It would be cool to see a picture of it in raw wood.

-- Kayvon

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