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Project by Oleg Smirnov posted 03-21-2018 09:44 AM 1271 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“I asked the money men today,
Which changes half the fog for a rouble …”

Сedar build-up, 35 sm

-- Woodcarving is my lifestyle

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#1 posted 03-21-2018 10:28 AM


-- Саша

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 12:46 PM

This thing frightens me.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 03-21-2018 01:27 PM

Very impressive!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#4 posted 03-21-2018 02:40 PM

Rasist posts are NOT welcome on Lumberjocks and this one is very offensive!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Oleg Smirnov

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#5 posted 03-21-2018 02:59 PM

Stefang – why?!

in the signature of an excerpt from Yesenin’s poem.
Were you embarrassed by the word “dollar”? – I changed to “ruble”, from this the meaning does not change.

Я спросил сегодня у менялы…
Я спросил сегодня у менялы,
Что дает за полтумана по рублю,
Как сказать мне для прекрасной Лалы
По-персидски нежное «люблю»?
Я спросил сегодня у менялы
Легче ветра, тише Ванских струй,
Как назвать мне для прекрасной Лалы
Слово ласковое «поцелуй»?
И еще спросил я у менялы,
В сердце робость глубже притая,
Как сказать мне для прекрасной Лалы,
Как сказать ей, что она «моя»?
И ответил мне меняла кратко:
О любви в словах не говорят,
О любви вздыхают лишь украдкой,
Да глаза, как яхонты, горят.
Поцелуй названья не имеет.
Поцелуй не надпись на гробах.
Красной розой поцелуи веют,
Лепестками тая на губах.
От любви не требуют поруки,
С нею знают радость и беду.
«Ты моя» сказать лишь могут руки,
Что срывали черную чадру.


I asked the money men today

I asked the money men today,
What gives for half a fog on the ruble,
How to tell me for the perfect Lala
In Persian, gentle “love”?
I asked today for a change
It’s easier than the wind, quieter than Van jets,
How to call me for the beautiful Lala
The word affectionate “kiss”?
And I asked the money changers,
In the heart of timidity, deeper pritaya,
How to tell me for the beautiful Lala,
How to tell her that she is “mine”?
And he answered me briefly:
About love in words do not say,
About love sigh only furtively,
Yes, eyes, like jabots, burn.
The kiss does not have a name.
The kiss is not inscription on the coffins.
A red rose kisses,
Petals melting on the lips.
From love they do not demand bail,
With her know joy and trouble.
“You are mine” can only be said by the hands,
That they tore off the black veil.

-- Woodcarving is my lifestyle

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#6 posted 03-21-2018 03:14 PM

Definition of shroff
: a banker or money changer in the Far East; especially : one who tests and evaluates coin

i see nothing wrong with this …except it is very excellent work …i must be missing something …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Oleg Smirnov

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#7 posted 03-21-2018 03:22 PM

I do not know very well English terms, and the word “Shroff” picked up from Google’s translation options. Perhaps the respected master Stefan was embarrassed by this very word?

Thank you, GR8HUNTER

-- Woodcarving is my lifestyle

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#8 posted 03-21-2018 04:04 PM

A wonderful piece with such character. Amazing transformation of a burl into a work or art.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 03-21-2018 10:25 PM

Beautiful carving!



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#10 posted 03-22-2018 01:31 AM

I find it beautiful. Masterful.

So menacing. Cancerous even. Stunning use of the burl and fantastic carving. I’d love to see this in real life. The details are wonderful.

To me this to me is art. I love how the scull emerging on his left is lacking in detail as if it’s emerging.

Favorited (it’s not a word) for future revisits.

Thank you Oleg Smirnov for sharing!

(Btw. I fail to see any racism at all. And honestly believe the basis of such demeaning claims should be given. Anything else is bang out of order in my book no matter how well respected the poster or how much knowledge shared.

edit: I see now you two are buddies so I guess everything is good but I’m still leaving the last paragraph even though I suspect a racist spammer was removed because of Stefan G’s post. And as a result it now looks as if he is accusing Oleg of racism. It’s the only way this makes any sense. To me at least.)

-- - Otto

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#11 posted 03-22-2018 04:27 AM

I’m going to comment completely unaware of whatever symbolism, word, or ???? that has been discussed.

Oleg you’ve taken a piece of wood, and absolutely breathed life into it. I was raised thinking that was/is the definition of fine woodworking. Great job

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Oleg Smirnov

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#12 posted 03-22-2018 05:57 AM

Thanks friends!

Yesterday I showed our disputation to my wife, and she is my main indicator. She immediately put forward a version that the blame for everything was the hunchbacked nose of the money changer and Stefan saw in the composition an insult to the Jews. But alas, my image was inspired by funny stories about Khoja Nassreddin and fairy-tale Russian character of Baba Yaga.

In burl – historical oriental person, SHROFF, any nationality. Cunning and hardened, and he is supposed to be so by profession.

-- Woodcarving is my lifestyle

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#13 posted 03-22-2018 09:38 PM

It is an amazing work of expression!

And good grief, I don’t get the objection/racist accusation.

-- It’s all good!

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#14 posted 03-25-2018 05:26 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#15 posted 04-29-2018 10:54 AM

Beautiful and poetic carving.
Really impressed.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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