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Project by W.F. Judt posted 09-24-2021 04:23 AM 579 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This week I finished a ‘non-commisioned’ carving for my son, Major Alec Judt of the Canadian Armed Forces “EME” group.

Alec’s family has been the recipient of a number of my carvings over the years for two reasons:

• first, it keeps Grumps (that’s me!) occupied in his carving studio during retirment.
• second, Alec and his family really appreciate these carvings and understand the work that goes into them.

The carving is made from hard white maple, 2” thick and 17” x 22”. The panel is laminate from four boards.

The photo shows the carving just before the clear-coat finish was applied, so you can see the actual colour of the wood.

This was not a difficult carving to undertake, not like some of the portraiture I’ve done in the past. But it was a pleasant challenge none the less, as I wanted to represent the crest as acurately as possible in wood.

The limitations for the carving had to do with the absence of colour in the carving and the rendering of a ‘flat’ image into 1-1/4” depth. Add to this the need to inculde a supporting background to strengthen some of the more delicate areas of the design.

Maple is the perfect wood for a project like this because it allows the carving of fine detail without the hazards of breakage.

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “





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BigTiny

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#1 posted 09-24-2021 07:24 AM

i can remember when there was an “RC” in front of the “EME” when I was in the RCAF.
For our American friends, he’s referring to the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers regiment. After leaving the flyboys, I joined the Essex and Kent Scottish as their drum major. Our motto was “Semper Paratus” (forever prepared).

D/Maj (ret.) Paul “Big Tiny” Elshoff

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 09-24-2021 10:52 AM

Well done. !

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#3 posted 09-24-2021 01:28 PM

Impressive carving!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 09-24-2021 01:28 PM

Nice! Always good to see expert hand carving. The chain looks great!

-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com

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#5 posted 09-24-2021 01:42 PM

Nicely done

-- Ron

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#6 posted 09-24-2021 01:43 PM

Wow, that’s nice! Hard maple, I doubt I’ll ever use it.

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

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#7 posted 09-24-2021 02:46 PM

that’s beautiful, and in maple no less. I would have thought maple would be so hard to work because of how hard it is. and you say it is preferred… Preferred by someone with your talents.. because I could never…

It’s stunning, beautiful, so very well done… You can certainly be proud of that one.

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 09-24-2021 03:22 PM

Great work!

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#9 posted 09-24-2021 04:35 PM

My son informs me that this regiment is RCEME again now. They re-received their royal designation in 2013.

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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W.F. Judt

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#10 posted 09-24-2021 04:39 PM

Further to this point, I asked my son why he did not request that I place RCEME on the banner, and my son writes “ Because our badge has not officially changed. I guess I could have had you add it, but I wouldn’t have had an image for you.”

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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W.F. Judt

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#11 posted 09-24-2021 04:45 PM

For those who are surprised that I carve in HARD hardwoods…

There are the ONLY woods I’ve carved in from the beginning. When I started carving there were no suppliers of woods like Basswood in northwestern Canada (that I had access to). But there was an ample supply of northern white birch available, which is a really nice hardwood.

Eventually I found a supplier of various hardwoods and started purchasing woods that I was acquainted with… maple, red oak, beech, eastern birch, etc.

Carving in these woods forced me also to sharpen my tools differently than most to accommodate the hardness of the wood. It took me a while, But I managed to find the right angles and sharpening habits that produced strong, durable and sharp edges.

-- "Faith is a better tool than than fear to process a crisis. Fear views a crisis as a threat. Faith views a crisis as a means for God to work a higher purpose. “

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#12 posted 09-25-2021 01:21 PM

congrats, very neat work!, son and family for sure feel so proud of you…
Hardwoods hold much much better fine details on the carving and the “finish” is way superior!

-- "Menos es mas" Ludwing Mies Van Der Rohe

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#13 posted 09-26-2021 11:55 AM

Excellent carving. Very nicely done. Your son will cherish it for the rest of his life. No better gift than hand made, and anyone who carves knows how much work goes into that.

-- tel

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#14 posted 09-26-2021 04:32 PM

Truly fantastic.

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