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Project by ClaudeF posted 02-04-2022 02:09 AM 512 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this carving for a customer who wanted to put it on top of a stick. The raven is about 5.25 inches long. She sent me the brass coupler so I could drill the appropriate hole in the carving, then I recessed it just enough that the brass didn’t show. Final photo is one she sent me showing it put together.

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving





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#1 posted 02-04-2022 02:31 AM

Nice carving. How did you achieve the color?

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#2 posted 02-04-2022 02:50 PM

nice claude.

-- 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 02-04-2022 03:03 PM

Great looking topper Claude…Well done…Love the raven…

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

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#4 posted 02-04-2022 04:38 PM

That’s pretty darn cool.

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#5 posted 02-04-2022 04:41 PM



Nice carving. How did you achieve the color?

- swirt

Black acrylic paint, followed by acrylic water-based varnish cut 50-50 with water. Gave it just enough shine to look similar to a bird’s coloring. The eyes reflect light well, just like a real eye. I used a drop of Mod Podge on each eye – goes on cloudy, but dries crystal clear. I have also used fingernail topcoat, but don’t like the acetone smell.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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#6 posted 02-04-2022 06:36 PM

Looking good.

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#7 posted 02-05-2022 03:53 AM

Thanks for the details on the coloring. I’d never thought of thinning a waterbased varnish… that is pretty interesting.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 02-05-2022 09:39 PM



Thanks for the details on the coloring. I d never thought of thinning a waterbased varnish… that is pretty interesting.

- swirt

I should have mentioned… I thin the black and put on two or three coats to get the color deep enough to hide any wood grain. When one uses full strength acrylic paint, as it dries, it shrinks. Any little imperfections in the wood will therefore show up as a small place where there is no paint. Thinned paint doesn’t shrink as much as it dries, and I can go back and put some even thinner paint on the small “holes” in the finish; this is thinned to 4 parts water/1 part black paint, and will flow into the holes and color them. It only takes 10-15 minutes between coats, as I have a fan blowing on the carving after I paint it.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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#9 posted 02-05-2022 09:43 PM

Very good carving. A good friend of mine was a cane maker and wood carver. His best was a vulture handled stick for visiting friends in hospital. Well, he thought it was hilarious! We thought it fitting to bury him with one. He’d have enjoyed the joke.

-- Some of my most creative moments have been when I've had to cover up an error in my woodworking.

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#10 posted 02-06-2022 02:48 AM

Thanks for the extra info CLaudF.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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