Uncle Sam

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Project by ClaudeF posted 05-22-2021 12:56 AM 664 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer contacted me and wanted me to carve an Uncle Sam for her, similar to one I had carved some time ago. Here’s a pictorial of the process.

First, I laid out the pattern front and side on a block of wood, then cut it out on the bandsaw. The completed carving is about 10.5 inches tall, not counting the base.

Next is rounding off the corners and beginning to carve the basic shape. I have also drilled a hole for the separately carved hand. I have re-drawn the key feature lines on the carving, as well.

The basic shapes are carved and I’m now beginning to add details.

Carving the hand is next. I draw it on a small piece of wood. The extra length gives me something to hold onto as I’m carving.

Carving is complete and the hand is glued in. I can now begin painting. I paint the lightest colors first, as a dark color can easily cover a light color, but rarely the opposite…

Painting is complete! I sent these progress photos to my customer as I shot them so she’d know I was actually doing some work on the carving.


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#1 posted 05-22-2021 01:13 AM

Very cool!!!

Great looking project, well done…Bet she loves it!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 05-22-2021 01:51 AM

real nice work claude,love the pic’s showing the process.

-- 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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#3 posted 05-22-2021 02:13 AM

Nicely done. I appreciate the progress pics as well. I wouldn’t have thought about doing a piece like the hand out of longer stock so you had something to grip.

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#4 posted 05-22-2021 02:59 AM

Nice job Claude. The tutorial was great.

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#6 posted 05-23-2021 01:34 PM

Well done! I know what it takes to make decent eyes like you did here.

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

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#7 posted 05-25-2021 07:16 PM

Wow!!!!! Awesome job. I have not been on lumberjocks in a while so i been looking at different projects and i looked at your projects and they are awesome. I was thinking maybe you ought to be making walking sticks. With your carving talent you could definitely sale them. I love the uncle sam, I am a sucker for anything patriotic. Great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#8 posted 05-29-2021 01:58 AM

I love him. Another awesome creation.

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