Heavenly Star

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 05-27-2012 02:54 AM 2743 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever year I try and make something different to chip carve on and this year was no exception. I made a basswood 24” x 24” x 4” raised star. The ridges on this created unique challenges in both design and execution. I made the 5 points and carved them before I assembled them. I bleached the wood before carving and sealed it with lacquer.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 05-27-2012 03:29 AM

Roger: Your mind and your hands do fantastic and magic work.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 03:53 AM

Really nice carving . I could never get those joints to work so nicely , I would have had gaps everywhere . Great project .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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#3 posted 05-27-2012 04:18 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 05-27-2012 04:39 AM

A very beautiful piece! That took a great deal of skill. Very nice job.


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#5 posted 05-27-2012 09:09 AM

I looked at the star on the projects page and it looked like . a star… and then I see the first picture here and say “wow” .. and then I click on the next and my jaw drops .. and then the next and the next.

That centre star—first of all, to think of adding that star!! What a surprise it was to see it.. and then the intricacies of that star added to all the details of the rest of the piece… man oh man.. extraordinary!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 05-27-2012 10:32 AM

Hi Roger,

I believe Karson said it the best. Absolutely amazing work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Roger Strautman

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#7 posted 05-27-2012 12:25 PM

Thanks everyone! It is a good feeling to know that the carving has potential for a blue ribbon at the woodcarving show I sent it to.

If you use your imagination a little you will see arrows that run out to the points of the star. The inner star points are used as the feathers. ;-)

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 05-27-2012 01:01 PM

Wow is right. That is such a fabulous carving. The design is amazing and the carving is so detailed, intricate and crisp.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 05-27-2012 01:20 PM

Seriously, immensely Intricate.

-- Michiganmark, I dream in wood......I'll blame it on my grandfather

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#10 posted 05-27-2012 04:07 PM

an amazing design and execution…the first thing i thought when I saw it was ‘how in the world did he do that?’

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 05-27-2012 05:04 PM

Beautiful job on that star!!

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

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#12 posted 05-27-2012 05:20 PM

just an awesome build ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 05:01 AM


Such perfection! Simply amazing! Thanks for sharing. A blue ribbon for certain.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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Roger Strautman

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#14 posted 06-04-2012 01:57 AM

Thank you everyone for the kind comments. I have around 10 hrs. in making the star and 20+ carving it.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#15 posted 06-20-2012 01:52 PM

Great work. I like the use of the texture on the center star. It’s good to see something truely different—and original.

-- Ron, Gainesville, Georgia,

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