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Three Hares Relief Carving

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Project by Brit posted 05-14-2020 05:35 PM 545 views 4 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood: Lime
Relief: 6mm
Method: 100% hand tools

I was due to visit Mads in Denmark for a week next week but we’ve had to postpone it for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I told him some time ago that I would make him something to present to him when I visited and decided to go ahead with the project anyway and send it on to him. I actually finished this about 6 weeks ago and now that he has received it, I can finally post it as a project.

The Three Hares is an ancient symbol that has been found in old architecture (mainly religious) in England, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, China and nobody really knows where it originated and how it came to appear in such diverse locations. You can Google it if you want to look into the design further. It is basically an optical illusion whereby there are three hares and there are three ears, yet each hare appears to have two ears.

I’m a member of Chris Pyes’s http://www.woodcarvingworkshops.tv/ and he introduced the design as one of the lessons in relief carving. I changed a couple of aspects of Chris’s design and added the border which he showed how to do in another project where he added it around a circular mirror.

This is my first proper relief carving using European carving tools and techniques and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was also pleasantly surprised that it turned out alright. I had bought three chunks of lime because I fully expected to be trashing the first two attempts. LOL.

The background decoration was done with a couple of punches I made from one of those square bars that goes between the two handles on a door and a large nail. Chris also shows how to make various punches on his site.

In the second photo above showing the rear of the carving, the more astute amongst you will see that I wrote Corvid instead of Covid. I did peel the label off and re-print it before sending it off to Mads. I also put some brass screws in the escutcheon plate on the back once some shorter screws arrived in the post.

Apart from the saws and hand plane I used to make the board in the first place, these were the tools I used for the carving.

So basically, I started with this…

and ended up with this…

Three Hares Relief Carving

You can click on the photo above for a full-sized view of the finished carving.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."





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#1 posted 05-14-2020 05:42 PM

Wow, that’s fantastic Andy! Interesting history about the 3 hares too. Never seen it before but it’s a really great subject. You inspire me with every carving project you post!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 05-14-2020 06:28 PM

Thanks Kenny. I had a blast with this one.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 05-14-2020 06:50 PM

Couldn’t grasp “square bars that goes between the two handles on a door”, got it now. The lethargy of sheltering in place is muddling my melon. Wonderful piece Andy! I’d imagine Mads is overjoyed.

Thank you Andy.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 05-14-2020 07:12 PM

Thanks Tony. I think they are called door spindles, but I couldn’t think of the term when posting.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 05-14-2020 07:18 PM

That is very nice and seriously well done

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#6 posted 05-14-2020 08:44 PM

Thanks David.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 05-15-2020 01:43 AM

Stunned and astounded I am by your carving. I am anxious to hear what Mads’ comments are. You seem to be always expanding your horizons Andy and this is an amazing piece of art.
What are the final dimensions?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#9 posted 05-15-2020 02:47 AM

That is quite impressive. I like the subject (pattern) and the results. Excellent work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#10 posted 05-15-2020 02:59 AM

Wow, Andy! Not as useful as a butter dish, but awfully pretty! I’m sure Mads will love it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 05-15-2020 03:33 AM

Fantastic!
Love the image and your hand tool work is perfect.
Jon

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#12 posted 05-15-2020 03:41 AM

Sweet.

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#13 posted 05-15-2020 04:13 AM

That is a beautifully executed carving! I like it, especially how the ears connect to each bunny. Sort of Escher-like in that respect.

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

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#14 posted 05-15-2020 07:46 AM

Thanks guys. I appreciate it.


You seem to be always expanding your horizons Andy and this is an amazing piece of art.
What are the final dimensions?

- duckmilk

Duck – I like to try new things and hopefully expand my skillset as a result. I’ve always believed that if you don’t allow yourself to think that you can’t do something, then you can. The final dimensions were approx. 11” x 11” x 3/4”.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 05-15-2020 12:11 PM

your talent is inspiring Andy.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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