"Grug Knut"

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Project by mpounders posted 01-20-2022 04:57 PM 820 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from a rough out by Chris Hammack, which you can purchase from his web site. Rough outs are an easy way for instructors to teach carving and for new carvers to learn carving all the little details, with out having to use a band saw to cut the blocks out. It is roughly shaped and rounded over so that you can tell where the arms and other parts are supposed to go. They are usually reproduced on a duplicator machine that is manually operated and usually makes around 24 at a time, typically using a 1/2” bit. So they are not very detailed and they need a lot of cleaning up before you can even draw in the details. I don’t know of any people making rough outs commercially that use CNC, because they are expensive and usually only do one at a time. I do create my own designs and sell some of those as rough outs for other to carve, but I also enjoy carving other peoples designs as I feel like I can learn from doing that and improve my skills. I usually send off an original carving to a rough out shop and have them make as many as I think I need.

You basically start by carving off all the tool marks from the duplicator, removing the extra pieces of wood used to mount it in the duplicator, and making any piercings needed for open areas. This one had a large piece of wood as the base, but it was easier to cut that off and carve the feet and between them. The extra wood let me make the feet a little longer. Rough outs usually come with a drawing or pictures that show front, sides, and back. You can use those pictures as a guide or you can make something completely different out of the piece of wood. But you are somewhat limited by the shape of the wood, unlike something that is completely designed by you. And of course the paint job can be varied quite a bit. All of that is to say that this is not my own design or idea, but it was carved by me with hand tools. You will not find a surface that was not carved by me with a gouge or knife. It didn’t come with any weapons, but suggested an axe, mace, or spear, so this was carved as a separate piece and glued in his hand. Thanks for looking!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 01-20-2022 05:11 PM

pretty cool as usual mike,love the expression you put on the face.also you always do a beautiful job in painting these.always look forward to seeing what you do next.

-- 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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#2 posted 01-20-2022 06:03 PM

Good job!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 01-20-2022 06:06 PM

Well done, I love the guy.

-- andrek

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#4 posted 01-20-2022 07:05 PM

Well done, Mike! The outsized axe really makes the caricature. Love all the details in the clothing, as well.



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#5 posted 01-20-2022 08:54 PM

Great character as always. I always enjoy seeing your latest.
Nice paint job too.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#6 posted 01-20-2022 08:58 PM

this guy scares me with his huge axe GREAT JOB :<))))

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

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#7 posted 01-20-2022 09:34 PM

Great explanation of the process – thanks

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#8 posted 01-20-2022 10:06 PM

Really like this guy. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#9 posted 01-20-2022 10:07 PM

Mike, Great job.


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#10 posted 01-20-2022 11:20 PM

Another notable character. I believe his motto is, speak softly and carry a HUGE Axe. Thanks for posting Mike.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 01-20-2022 11:33 PM

Interesting. Did not know that.

You bring it to life though, like no one else could.

Cool man.

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

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#12 posted 01-21-2022 02:08 AM

He looks great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 01-21-2022 04:17 AM

He looks really great.

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#14 posted 01-22-2022 01:41 AM

For a vicious Nordic warrior he looks very cuddly!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#15 posted 01-22-2022 01:44 AM

For a vicious Nordic warrior he looks very cuddly!

- oldnovice

lol-l agree ! mike is a master of creating expressions.

-- 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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