Over Mantle carvings

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Project by Les Hastings posted 06-28-2011 10:05 PM 3585 views 7 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These carvings are 18’ x 18” and are made out of Qt. sawn white oak. They are 1 3/4” in deep. I have worked evenings and weekends for the last two months to complete them. They are by far the hardest carvings I have had to make. The faces are the first ones I have ever tried to carve.

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, for the most part. They are going to be 12’ off the floor, so that helps. They will be put in place on the wall and then finished on site. I’ll try and get some pictures later on after the wall is all finished.

Now on to the next two 5’ long triangle carvings, again out of qt. sawn white oak.

Thanks for having a look!
Have fun woodworking!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 10:12 PM

Very impressive buddy
I hope you were well compensated : )
the number of people in the world able to do all the thing you do, even half as well, in very small.

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 10:45 PM

WOW! Great Carvings, Les. Looks like you have been a very busy wood carver. Quartered White oak can be a little hard on the carving knifes.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 11:35 PM

Les, I don’t doubt a bit that you have quite a bit of time invested in these carvings. The talent and ability to create these is a gift that I enjoy seeing expressed. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 11:37 PM

Great job Les. I’m envious of you guys who can carve like that.


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#5 posted 06-29-2011 12:40 AM

Nice job. So is this going in a tudor theme home?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 06-29-2011 12:51 AM

awesome skills BUD!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 06-29-2011 01:47 AM

Absolutely Stunning!

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#8 posted 06-29-2011 01:55 AM

nothing new from you but the same ol thing…............perfection.

Nice work !!

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

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#9 posted 06-29-2011 03:02 AM

Very impressive, they came out great!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#10 posted 06-29-2011 04:10 AM

Wow Les, you are a man of many talents. Beautiful work!

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#11 posted 06-29-2011 04:18 AM


Your work never ceases to amaze and impress us. It is obvious that you spent many, many hours on these carvings. (I personally think they should be mounted at eye level so they can be better appreciated by everyone.)

That house will need to be opened as the Les Hastings Museum of Fine Art!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 06-29-2011 04:25 AM

Thanks to everyone!

Dayton I think you might be stretching it just a bit. Dennis your right hard on the arms and hands to.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 06-29-2011 04:51 AM

On occasion I see something on this site that is trully remarkable, and I think your work is one of those. I would put that up against any cnc rendering I have seen.

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#14 posted 06-29-2011 06:06 AM

Les that is gorgeous carving. Like lightweightladylefty said this work should be admired at eye level.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#15 posted 06-29-2011 06:10 AM

GAD, It’s almost to the point that it’s depressing to see this because it would take me a lifetime to get as good as you are at carving! most impressive.

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