Hawksbill Turtle - Beyond Boots - update

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 02-13-2011 12:29 AM 2806 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project had been completed a few years back, but I am introducing you to it to show that I do other carvings besides boots. This piece took a Best of Show award and beat out a pile of decoys! The wood used was tupelo and painted with acryllics. The base is a piece of mahogany with glue and sawdust for the sand.
The pattern for this piece comes from Carving Nature – Wildlife Studies in Wood by Frank Fox-Wilson.

April 27, 2011 Found a few more pictures of the beast and wanted to share other views.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 02-13-2011 12:30 AM

I seriously thought that was the first stuffed turtle I had ever seen, extremely well done.

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#2 posted 02-13-2011 12:39 AM

Holy cow! Until I read the text, I was looking at the pics and wondering what this turtle had to do with woodworking at all… It looks so real that you just expect it to move any moment!

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#3 posted 02-13-2011 12:43 AM

Sweet. Nicely done

lets see more

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 02-13-2011 12:48 AM

excellent job !!! I too thought it was real till i read your post very nicely done.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#5 posted 02-13-2011 01:02 AM

Marvelous work. Remarkable.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 02-13-2011 01:27 AM

Roman, this one certainly passes the “zoom in” test no trouble, very well done, ifyou had somewhere for a battery I rekon it would walk :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 02-13-2011 01:34 AM

Far out! Beautiful!, love him!

Great to see, thanks for sharing…..........................

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

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#8 posted 02-13-2011 02:08 AM

Very realistic!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 02-13-2011 02:15 AM

Incredible carving!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 02-13-2011 04:05 AM

If this would of been on a video we would of been setting here waiting for it to move. So real looking. Just a great job. Now make one with boots lol.


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#11 posted 02-13-2011 04:15 AM

I like your boots; they’re fun. But this little critter touches the heart.
Beautiful carving!

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#12 posted 02-13-2011 05:06 AM


That’s a nice diversion from boots! It certainly does look alive. Fabulous job! Thanks for posting.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 02-13-2011 06:09 AM

Very good.

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#14 posted 02-13-2011 01:54 PM

Great carving ! ..... and painting ! Also, a real stand-out is the contour of the ‘sand’ tracks. No wonder you got the BOS award.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 02-13-2011 06:44 PM

Now THAT is just fantastic….extremely realistic in every way! If I’m ever able to gain even a quarter of your carving skills I’ll be pleased, lol! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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