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Project by alholstein posted 06-28-2020 05:44 PM 531 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some figures that I made for my twin grandsons to play with to practice their stacking skills and to have fun with. They like to collect sticks on their walks and their mother suggested me make something they could play with.
So I took the liberty to be a little creative and have some fun. They did provide a break from the tedium of Covid-19 sheltering in place.
They weren’t meant to be fine art and considered disposal when they are outgrown.

Al

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"





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#1 posted 06-28-2020 06:03 PM

Who says it’s not fine art ? That my friend is just as innovative and striking as any piece of art. In my eye it’s not as much fancy and pretty that makes art, it’s something that happens with your hands when your mind makes them do something. That’s what art is -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 06-28-2020 08:46 PM

Hey! who as been looking in my family photo album!
Great for having fun and developing skills that’s for sure

Nice work there Al !!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-29-2020 12:18 AM

No young kids around the house, but some may be made!!
Steve.

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#4 posted 06-29-2020 12:31 AM

Al, a very cute and sharp idea. Should keep them busy for awhile. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#5 posted 06-29-2020 02:49 PM

I have a stack of western red cedar that are now headed for wood gnome fame. Really creative. Thanks for sharing. The cut for the mouth is wedge like from what I could tell. What tools were used in making the cuts? Are the parts like Mr. Potato head and interchangeable? Love the forest gnome look. I have been playing with making standing gnomes out of small branches. So your work has inspired me to finish the work this weekend. Best, Brian.

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#6 posted 06-29-2020 06:02 PM

Brian, The cuts were done on the bandsaw, just taking a little nick out for the mouths and most of the eyes. Some of the eyes were done on the drill press. I used a red marking pen for the mouths and a black for the pupils of the eyes. The ears were slices and are glued in. I used my biscuit cutter to cut some of the slots and the others were just hot melt glued on. I made some slices for necks. The arms were mostly trimmed with a 1/2 plug cutter and set in a 1/2 hole, and glued in.
The heads and bodies are just stacked so are interchangeable. I was playing with making figures with 4 or 6 arms depending on how they were stacked.
Would like to see your creations when you are finished with them.
Al

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#7 posted 06-29-2020 07:10 PM



Brian, The cuts were done on the bandsaw, just taking a little nick out for the mouths and most of the eyes. Some of the eyes were done on the drill press. I used a red marking pen for the mouths and a black for the pupils of the eyes. The ears were slices and are glued in. I used my biscuit cutter to cut some of the slots and the others were just hot melt glued on. I made some slices for necks. The arms were mostly trimmed with a 1/2 plug cutter and set in a 1/2 hole, and glued in.
The heads and bodies are just stacked so are interchangeable. I was playing with making figures with 4 or 6 arms depending on how they were stacked.
Would like to see your creations when you are finished with them.

Hi Al!
I have limbs of varying length and diameter. Sugar pine and red cedar. I do not have all of my shop at the location of the material. So, unless I transport back and forth, my “shop” is @2:15 minutes away! I have a disc grinder mounted with a Kutzall knock off from HFreight that I use to rough shape, flush trim bits for some cuts, dowels and drill to install the limbs that are limbs! Chisels and carving tools for detail work. Rustic and forest looking is the goal. I want the end product to be wood spirit in style and character. I would like to approach 4-5 feet tall and have them mounted via 3/4 rebar in a single leg in the back yard watching over things. I have used 3/4” rebar to mount wooden wind vanes in yards. So, I know that will work. Depending on how industrial the look, cutting golf balls in half and mounted with a screw as a pupil is a thought. Smaller rounds with a screw as a pupil is also a thought and not so industrial looking. Thanks for the inspiration. I will post when I finish. Best, Brian


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