Mountain Nisse (Gnome)

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Project by OzarkCarver posted 03-16-2011 06:19 AM 4176 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little Nisse is a Norwegian style flat-plane carving. I used basswood scraps that I had laying around. I drew a few lines on the wood and started carving. I used a piece of walnut for the walking staff. The basswood one I made broke rather quickly. He is screwed to wood base. I mounted him a little toward the front of the base to give the feeling of movement. I finished him with thinned acrylic s and antiqued with thinned Minwax stain. The topcoat is a matte Krylon spray finish.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 06:34 AM

That’s a pretty cool looking little fellow. How tall is he?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 06:51 AM

Thanks, He’s about 4 1/2 to 5” with the base.

-- Jim, Missouri

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 01:06 PM

Good job Jim. Keep up the good work.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 03:19 PM

Great little Nisse, you sure captured that idea of movement, both with you placement on the base and
the carving . Do not know what it is, the lifted right foot, or the total look, but I just get the feeling that
he has a long ways to go and come hell or high water he will get there. Thank you for sharing him and
your other projects. Welcome to Lumberjocks, I hope you enjoy many happy hours in the shop, and
that new house you are moving into sounds like a perfect way to keep you out of trouble and happy.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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