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Project by HokieKen posted 09-18-2020 02:26 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the Fourth Annual LJs Beer Swap I got EarlS as my recipient.

Earl mentioned at some point that he and his wife and daughters were all fans of the Lord of the Rings movies. I just happened to be working at learning to carve and looking for an idea of what to make for this swap at the same time. So when I ran into a picture of a sign for the Prancing Pony, it all clicked into place :-) This was my inspiration:

This was my first full relief carving project and my first time trying to paint anything without a sprayer or a roller so I was pretty happy with how it turned out :-) Carving is a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.

I also made Earl a bottle opener. The kit is a keychain opener from PSI and I used a blank from fellow LJ Dave Kelley to turn it. The blank was stabilized and cast Desert Ironwood. I really liked how it came out with the gunmetal opener.

Finally, the beer :-))) I knew Earl likes dark beers but he has also mentioned that his wife prefers lighter ones. So, I just grabbed an assortment of local brews that I thought would give both of them a little enjoyment.

As always, the beer swap was lots of fun with a lot of great fellas! The reveals are going on today in the thread I linked above so jump over there if you want to see some other great beer-related goodies :-) And the reveals start at post #1523 so you don’t have to read the first 1500 posts ;-)

Thanks for looking. Comments are welcome as always. Take it easy on the carving critiques though :-)

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

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#1 posted 09-18-2020 02:31 PM

Awesome job on your projects. This was a fun swap.

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#2 posted 09-18-2020 02:41 PM

Neat job on your first carving Hokie... You even got the spelling right… compared with riding a bike… it’s easy to veer off track at slow speeds.

... And the reveals start at post #1523 so you don t have to read the first 1500 posts ;-)...
- HokieKen

And deprive us that hate reading of all the misery… you are a cruel, cruel man!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 09-18-2020 02:49 PM

I do not watch LOTR .... but I do know a GR8 carving when I see it ... and this my friend is a fantastic carving looks like your becoming a pro GREAT JOB :<))


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 09-18-2020 02:50 PM

Great idea. The Prancing Pony sign was the perfect amount of dorkey, as you suggested. When I showed my oldest daughter the sign, she said “that’s awesome”. Doesn’t get a better review than that in our house.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 09-18-2020 03:00 PM

Ken, your carving is becoming top notch. Excellent job on that sign and the opener. Thanks for running the smooth swap and for working with me (again) so I could take part!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 09-18-2020 03:06 PM

Great work, as always. I’d be quite enthusiastic about receiving that in a swap! I know Earl will Find the perfect spot for it.

Thanks for your hard work as the swap coordinator!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 09-18-2020 04:37 PM

“The perfect amount of dorky!”

Higher praise does not exist. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 09-18-2020 05:01 PM

Nice work Kenny!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 09-18-2020 06:23 PM

Ken, nice detail on the Pony.

Now the BEER mix looks pretty good too….. ;-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 09-18-2020 07:13 PM

that is some impressive carving for starting out kenny,ill be looking to see more from pop a beer to celebrate.cheers.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 09-18-2020 07:29 PM

Thanks all! I’ve been following some tutorials from Chris Pye and it was a great primer for relief carving. He has a really good way of explaining stuff in a book that clicks for me. Then watching a video or two of him in action is extremely helpful. Highly recommend that anyone interested in carving gives him a look.

And MikeACG was my painting coach. I had no clue how to go about painting that thing but he made it KISS and I was able to get it to match the picture in my mind much better than I expected to!

The perfect amount of dorky is what my wife always calls me. Other than the “perfect amount of” part. She leaves that off ;-)

It was really cool to be able to throw beer, woodworking and nerding out all in the same pot and see what shook loose :-))

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

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#12 posted 09-18-2020 08:29 PM

Nice job, Ken!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 09-18-2020 09:18 PM

Fantastic carving Kenny. Never would have guessed it was your first time.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 09-18-2020 11:13 PM

wow !! simply awesome – the attention to detail is excellent.

where is the build thread about carving it ??
you know, the design process and tools used, yada yada yada.



-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#15 posted 09-18-2020 11:33 PM

... The perfect amount of dorky is what my wife always calls me….
- HokieKen

Looks like you’ve open up a new door for future projects.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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