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Project by Overthehill posted 02-08-2021 12:54 AM 666 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The design for this project was extracted from various generic family crests, whose design elements (in my opinion) were crude at best. I improved on the various elements, and created my own. I used a particularly beautiful piece of black walnut (~8” x 11”) which was very dense. It took a year to complete (I was working for a living at the time) and I consider it one of my better effort!

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#1 posted 02-08-2021 02:22 AM

That’s really nice! Got to love walnut, but I wouldn’t do that with mine. I’m working on mine, but in Mezzo-Relievo in basswood, at ~ 18” X 18”. I’ve been at mine about 2 years, off and on.

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

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#2 posted 02-08-2021 11:55 AM

A beautiful piece of work. I really appreciate the skill it takes to hand carve such pieces of art.

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#3 posted 02-08-2021 12:49 PM

As far as I’m concerned a year is pretty fast for something like that – nice work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 02-08-2021 06:05 PM

That is truly amazing work. I thought that was done with a CNC machine.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 02-08-2021 07:16 PM

A fantastic piece of work; from all aspects!

Beautiful wood -great design and super fine job of carving and finishing too.

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

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#6 posted 02-08-2021 09:44 PM

Excellent work!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#7 posted 02-09-2021 12:29 AM

Superb work. Beautiful piece of wood and nice carving. I’ve learned to appreciate the artisanship of relief carving. I’m new to it and completely hooked.

-- tel

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#8 posted 02-09-2021 01:18 AM

Well done! Your family will cherish this for a long time.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#9 posted 02-09-2021 01:59 AM

Love the design and the craftsmanship is excellent!

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#10 posted 02-09-2021 06:28 PM

Stunning. You infuse the piece with soul when you toil for such long periods. Your thoughts are captured by the piece. I’m not some kind of new world sage huffing hippie, but I believe that. What better than a family heirloom to absorb all the thoughts that passed while you were over your tools. It’s a wonderful thing and a superb execution.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 02-10-2021 11:46 PM

Thank you all for your comments! I will be displaying other projects as time goes on, but only about one a week (or longer.) Don’t want you to get bored. Just a comment on designing and using woods that challenge the carver/wood worker.

As a beginner I used basswood, fir etc. When I found, was given or purchased a particularly beautiful piece of wood, I was intimidated and resisted carving it because I felt my skills (design, control and lack of “proper tools) would basically ruin what could turn out to be something worth displaying. Over the years these woods accumulated in my collection. As I gained confidence, I started designing projects that fit the woods I had collected. A long way of saying I extracted something of beauty that was hidden in the material.

There’s an old saying for woodworkers, “He who dies with the most tools wins!” As a wood carver with many pieces of beautiful woods that are calling to me, my perspective on this .. “He who dies with the most wood, isn’t trying.” I’ll keep trying!

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#12 posted 02-11-2021 12:03 AM

As a wood carver with many pieces of beautiful woods that are calling to me, my perspective on this .. “He who dies with the most wood, isn’t trying.” I

Nice / great carving – great quote!

-- Mark B. Glenn Dale, MD

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