wood carving

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Project by Von posted 08-09-2012 03:49 AM 1596 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A recent wood carving I made. The head is temporary until I get myself a decent dremel (tiny hand held power-grinder like gizmo) so I can carve out faces and the finer details that a head would need.

She stands about 7 inches tall, body and arms are from the same chnunk of wood. (danged if I can name the shrub the wood is from… but OH MY it is some hard as nails & gorgeous stuff to work with—far far far harder than oak) The hands are, bleive it or not, done on a 4” by 36” belt sander. the hand details are NOT done with any blades or chisels. I use just the very edge of the belt.

The coloring is several applications of a RIT fabric dye. The finnish is several spray coats of clearcote satin wood finnisher. (from a bombcan, heh) I think it’s 8 layers with light sanding and polish work between every other layer; shines like plastic/glass in the right light.

This is the first “real” wood carving I have done in over 20 years. It certainly has been a while. I was recently able to start up a small hobby wooodshop. This is actually the 2nd project for the shop. The first one is a mass production of several bird figurine whirligigs. None of the ‘gigs are totaly done and assembled however, so no shots of them—-yet. After I get a few put together I will post them too. This carving is just what I do in the spare time while I wait for glue jigs and ‘gig parts to dry.

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 10:51 AM

Wow! You sure did manage to capture the ‘posturing’ very well. Even with the temporary head she has a lot of character.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 05:42 PM

thanks! she’s been a hit localy and on Deviant Art—apparently I need to make more like her. oddly enough the head got some raves just the way it is. but ya, I should turn out a few more

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#3 posted 08-11-2012 03:37 PM

I have to say I like the head just the way it is, too.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#4 posted 09-12-2012 06:24 PM

yup me too love the head as it is, great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 09-13-2012 10:20 AM

It’s an interesting carving.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 06:19 AM

Yeah I reckon the head works just like that too. Love the coloring.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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