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Project by Carvendive posted 12-20-2018 05:05 PM 655 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made three of these so far – all with different designs. This is my last one and is in our home. It’s all hand carved mahogany. The top (mantle) is egg and dart under the crown molding. The sides (surround) has an iconic style capital with an egg and dart collar between it and the bundled reed column. The vase is covered with an acanthus overlay, of my design, with a stiff leaf and some more egg and dart repeat. The fireplace elevation was higher than spec so I added the plain round base to gain some height. And lastly, I trimmed the mantle to granet join with waterleaf.

For the column pieces I glues two pieces together with butcher paper between them. Then turned the blanks and (nerviously) split them apart along the paper seam. No problems!

It’s stained and I sprayed it with vinyl sealer and two coats of lacquer.

Edit: forgot to mention that when I installed it I cut in an electrical outlet in the top to eliminate dangling cords.

-- Life without labor is guilt. Labor without art is brutality.





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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 12-21-2018 12:00 AM

Anyone would be proud to have that piece. Anything hand carved says an awful lot these days when most would go to Obourne and pick up some pre-mades. Love the color and scale! Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 12-21-2018 03:18 AM

Take a bow, that is a fine looking traditional fireplace surround. I agree with Scott, that is a LOT of handwork for today’s world.

Nice work, thanks for posting

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 12-21-2018 04:08 AM

Holy smokes, that is some fine carving! Nicely done!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 12-21-2018 06:56 AM

Very beautiful and unique…

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#5 posted 12-21-2018 10:36 AM

Super nice. You are obviously very talented. Just want to know who said your quote about labor and art?

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#6 posted 12-21-2018 11:30 AM

Very nice! And welcome to Lumberjocks! I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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GLENNpm

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#7 posted 12-21-2018 11:39 AM

Wow. That’s super impressive. I like how you made it functional as well with the cutout to hide the cords. How many hours do you think you spent on it?

-- Never stop learning.

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Carvendive

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#8 posted 12-21-2018 01:06 PM



Super nice. You are obviously very talented. Just want to know who said your quote about labor and art?

- dragonnotes


I’ve been using it for over 30 yrs and I’ve forgotten where I first found it. But for me, it Sums it up. I use to work in an iron mine. Plenty of labor and no guilt when I got my pay but the surroundings were brutality oppressive.

-- Life without labor is guilt. Labor without art is brutality.

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Carvendive

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#9 posted 12-21-2018 01:11 PM



Wow. That s super impressive. I like how you made it functional as well with the cutout to hide the cords. How many hours do you think you spent on it?

- GLENNpm


I spent 7 week’s total. Average 5-7 hrs per day. I’m retired so I take all the brakes I want! (Plus some honey do’s ;-)

-- Life without labor is guilt. Labor without art is brutality.

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Carvendive

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#10 posted 12-21-2018 01:21 PM

Thanks (everyone) for your praise of this project. I know it’s a lot of hand work but the funny thing with carving is that once I get started I can’t stop. My wife has to come out to the shop to let me know that it’s time for lunch or time to quit.
The only other activitie I’ve ever been so obsessed with was diving and U/W photography but the Dr says no more diving.

-- Life without labor is guilt. Labor without art is brutality.

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GLENNpm

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#11 posted 12-22-2018 04:53 AM



Thanks (everyone) for your praise of this project. I know it s a lot of hand work but the funny thing with carving is that once I get started I can t stop. My wife has to come out to the shop to let me know that it s time for lunch or time to quit.
The only other activitie I ve ever been so obsessed with was diving and U/W photography but the Dr says no more diving.

- Carvendive

You spent a lot of time on this and it shows. I can relate to your obsessions. Once I get rooted in a project, I forget to eat or anything else and my wife snaps me out of it by insisting I come in and take a break. I’m sorry to hear you had to give up a hobby you enjoyed, but I’m glad you found another that you’re obviously very talented at. Sounds like a great retirement! I hope mine will be similar!

-- Never stop learning.

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