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African Elephant - basswood carving on a bloodwood base!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 03-03-2011 09:47 PM 3214 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my demo piece for a carving class I recently held at Lee Valley. There were nine students (full class) and we all completed the project. The elephant is mounted on a piece of bloodwood I found in my wood suppliers discard bin. It was large enough to do the job. Bloodwood does not need any stain as it finishes bright red with a clear stain. Enjoy!

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





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 09:52 PM

Fantastic!!

Love it!!!!!!!!!!

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

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steopa

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 10:00 PM

Wow! That is really amazing! What are the dimensions?

-- Steopa

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 10:05 PM

Very nice Roman, you are a master carver for sure :)

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

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 10:20 PM

Sorry about that Steopa. The animal is 8 inches long, 6 inches high, and 4 inches wide. The carving class ate up a big chunk of basswood and the bandsaw was ‘a smokin’!

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

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 12:35 AM

Very nice!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 02:42 AM

really nice carving!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 05:57 AM

Roman,

That’s a very nice elephant—very realistic. Getting all those wrinkles isn’t easy! I remember all the hours my husband spent carving one. (He did a fantastic job too, but gave it away—as he does with nearly all his carving—with no pictures to share.)

Thanks for posting.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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DaleM

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 04:48 PM

I was beginning to think you just carved boots. This is great. I love the texture. You did the skin so, so well.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 06:03 PM

Hi Dale, The ‘boot’ thing came in when I was commissioned to carve a house wren. The habitat and mount was an old dried up boot carved out of tupelo and then painted. When I presented the piece to the client he commented on how great the boot looked and nothing about the bird. So the experimentation began and several hundred boots later I’m still playing around with wood boots! My next challenge will be to do caricatures of women’s shoes. Coming soon!
Thanks for your comment. Recently I discovered sealing the project with Tremclad or other spray brands and varying the colours I can get a unique effect in the painting. The spray allows me to control and blend colors easier and quicker than with acryllic washes. Some final highlights brushed on with acryllic paints completes the job. With spray can paints you don’t need much paint and the job goes alot quicker. RH

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

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#10 posted 03-05-2011 12:27 AM

Best wishes

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Dan

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 03:34 PM

Very neat.. I have a ton of basswood on my wood rack but I have never carved wood before. Seeing this tempts me to try it…

Nice work

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 06:08 AM

Looks awsome, very nice detail.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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