"Brown Eyed Girl"

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Project by mpounders posted 06-20-2011 12:00 AM 2169 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Hey where did we go,
Days when the rains came
Down in the hollow,
Playin’ a new game,
Laughing and a running hey, hey
Skipping and a jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our hearts a thumpin’ and you
My brown eyed girl,
You my brown eyed girl. ” Van Morrison, 1967

Here is the project I just completed. This was really intended as a practice piece, to help me “remember” the techniques and details I learned in a class last year. I am pleased with it, because I was able to somewhat repeat the success I had in the class. Enough success to encourage me, but not enough to satisfy. The song seemed to fit her look and seemed an appropriate title. This is basswood and the base is padauk. The grain seemed more prominent in the basswood than in other pieces, but I like the effect. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 12:35 AM

Nicely done indeed.

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

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 12:38 AM

Too cool…and one of my favorite songs as well! Two thumbs up for this!

-- One of these hammers oughta fix that...

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 02:28 AM

Good job!

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 08:11 AM

You managed to pull this one off nicely.
She looks great

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 08:13 AM

Excellent job, Mike! ....and her character befits Morrison’s ‘Brown-eyed girl’ quite well.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 12:16 PM

Mike, indeed, you succeed to repeat your success I had in the class.
You wrote a nice sentence: Enough success to encourage…, but not enough to satisfy.
I think that we (you, me and a lot of other) share the same feelings with our projects. In all of my projects, after finishing, I thought that I could improve a detail here or there – there is no limits for improvements… your project is excellent.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 01:23 PM

“Mother Nature” at her finest.
Please tell me you didn’t use hand chisels etc…
If you were able to bring this beauty out of a piece of wood with common hand tools, I am so out of my leage.
This is really beautiful… haunting, really.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#9 posted 06-20-2011 01:57 PM

a very serious, and innocent look about her. awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 02:03 PM

Hey Mike, who was your model? I think that I used to date her back in he day. BSEG

Very nice job. I used to do a little (key word here is little) carving but nothing to compare with this. :^(

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#11 posted 06-20-2011 02:04 PM

Fantastic job

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#12 posted 06-20-2011 04:04 PM

H Mike,

Did you use an oil finish? That’s as dark as I’ve ever seen basswood. It looks like butternut in colour.

By the way, did you know that Van Morrison originally penned “brown-skinned girl”? True.

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 04:51 PM

It is a boiled linseed oil finish topped with beeswax. And for Wiggy, it was carved using a cheese grater and finger nail clippers that have been specially modified…...just kidding! I use gouges and a flex shaft rotary tool with various sanding attachments, but nothing out of the ordinary from what you probably have. I still have a couple of really awful female carvings, from a little over a year ago, that motivated me to get help. And that help was good instructor and a week of carving female faces. I had/have primarily learned from books and the Internet, but a live instructor really helped me in this area!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 04:59 PM

Great job…faces are not easy for sure…..I have tried from story sticks…books…etc….and they are harder then how they explain in the books….A live instructor indeed would be a great assistance as demonstrated by this wonderful piece.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 05:11 PM

Nice :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path [email protected]

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