"Wade in the Water"

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Project by mpounders posted 02-07-2020 08:17 PM 890 views 1 time favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My grandparents lived in Rockwood, Alabama and I have a church bulletin that has a picture of my granny standing in a creek with others for a baptism. There is a lot of symbolism in wading in the waters, such as crossing the Red Sea to escape the Egyptians, or crossing Jordan to the Promised Land. There is even the story of a pool where an angel of the Lord would “trouble” the waters and you would be healed if you could wade in them.

I have been thinking about this carving for about two years now and I started planning for it last summer. I wanted to do a realistic older female face that was dramatic, that told a story. I had a class scheduled last September with Adina Huckins and Janet Cordell, but I wanted to carve something that people wouldn’t look at and say “oh, you must have taken a class with Janet or Adina!” Not that there is anything wrong with that! But I wanted something that challenged me and the instructors, something a little different, at least from things I have carved before. It was definitely challenging as it was only a three day class, and we started with a block of wood. But I got the information, and the inspiration I needed to get started, although I am sure that I was not the only one in the class who thought I had bitten off a little too much.. With additional input through email and pictures sent back and forth to Janet and Adina, I kept coming back to it. Finally finished! Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 02-07-2020 08:58 PM

My, my this is out standing you get better all the time. I grew up some 10 miles East of Russellville on Highway 48.
Thanks for sharing you excellent work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 02-07-2020 09:04 PM

That is incredible…well done.

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#3 posted 02-07-2020 09:43 PM

Beautiful story, very beautiful work of art, there is some feeling in those eyes, something mystical, bravo, you are getting better and better everytime. thank you for sharing ,,,the story and the work of art

-- andrek

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#4 posted 02-07-2020 09:46 PM

What a wonderful work of art. You captured so much with your details. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#5 posted 02-07-2020 10:23 PM

just wow looks life like GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#6 posted 02-07-2020 10:24 PM

Oh Mike! There are not many carvings that make me stop and study the details. This is definitely one that does.

Butternut? Height?

Seriously, Phil

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#7 posted 02-07-2020 10:55 PM

My oh my! Beautiful in every respect!! Great carving.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 02-07-2020 10:56 PM

another amazing carving mike,what i really love of your work is how well you give expression to the faces,and the eyes,they tell the story without words needed.true artistry.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#9 posted 02-08-2020 01:30 AM

Phenomenal work.

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#10 posted 02-08-2020 01:44 AM

Quite amazing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 02-08-2020 03:12 AM


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

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#12 posted 02-08-2020 06:18 AM




-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 02-08-2020 06:55 AM

Nice work. I would like to know your process…tools etc..

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#14 posted 02-08-2020 09:38 AM

Mike, that is a work of art. If you wanted to do something that tells a story, you did just that! Well done

-- Petey

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#15 posted 02-08-2020 10:02 AM

Mike, the result is good. The wish is not to lose inspiration and let them come in a dream.

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

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