S'hma Wood Carving

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Project by Dan Katz posted 03-11-2011 03:48 AM 2734 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year I was invited to showcase some of my work along with other local artists
at the Chattanooga Jewish Community Center.
The requested theme was “Platters”.
These two medallions are 20” in diameter solid crotch walnut.
My friend Alex has a Woodmizer saw mill and I get a lot of my wood from him.
These were two of best pieces from
a big tree he milled. They were air dried for about two years.
The blanks were turned on my Powermatic 3520-A.
I used a couple of forstner bits to drill most of the openings
and then sawed the remaining areas with my new “old Delta-Millwalkee” scroll saw.
My coping saw is retired to a nail on the wall.
The finish is Mahoney’s Walnut Oil.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 04:02 AM

Beautiful work!!!!!!!!

And that is a great Scripture passage as well.

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 04:14 AM


Your work is incredibly beautiful. What is the Hebrew inscription? Is it also Deuteronomy 6:4?

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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#3 posted 03-11-2011 04:33 AM

That’s really great.

I would love to hang that on my wall!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 06:29 AM

Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing. That crotch grain must surely be difficult to carve.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 06:30 AM

Hi Dan.

Wonderful theme for some wonderful wood. Mazel tov from a goy who knows the Old Testament was derived from the Torah.

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

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 03:41 PM

WOW!! Super Craftsmanship. I really love the design! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 04:23 PM

Love the work. Where do you get your patterns?

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 06:07 PM

Beautiful work….lettering and carving are great and the pierced work really sets it off.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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Dan Katz

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#9 posted 03-12-2011 04:45 AM

Hello Everyone,
Thank you.
The Hebrew scripture is from Deut and is the same as the english medallion.
The crotch walnut was suprisingly easy to carve and I have several more slabs left.
I also have several wide boards from the same tree. One board is 24”x 8’.
The pattern for the one in english is my own design. The other one came from
Franz Sales Meyer’s-Handbook of Ornament-Dover Publishing.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#10 posted 03-12-2011 05:45 PM

I love all the work you did on this Dan and particularly the combination scroll sawed and carved parts. I hope you post more of your work soon.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 03-12-2011 10:00 PM

Really, really nice, I would love to have that plaque on my wall, well done.

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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