Bear in stream carving

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This is my first attempt at a carving. Carving proved to be difficult for me. Using walnut with some figure in it wasn’t the smartest idea either. I knew that going into the project but did it anyway. I don’t have a good eye for 3-D and can barely write my name legibly. I got the picture of this bear out of a carving book which was very helpful.

The carving will be inset in the headboard of a bed I’m making. The outside edge is stained with ebony to give the carving some contrast.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 04:20 AM

Nice carving will make a beautiful headboard!!!!!

-- 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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 04:35 AM

As I can see it, you are you’re own worst critic. It is not bad at all for a first attempt, it has a folk art feel to it and is just fine. It is not necessary for a perfect, life-like result when carving. I am sure it will look great when added to the bed.

I am over feeling embarrassed of my past projects that do not exhibit the skill I have today. Each project was a mile stone in my journey and is a display of what I knew at that time. I love looking back on my early projects as I can still recall the challenges each presented me with and the lessons I learned from them.

I think your off to a great start with carving and, by the high craftsmanship of your other work, I think you were ready to step into a new challenge.

Great work, kudos for taking the risk of trying something new, and thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 05:49 AM

For a first attempt, impressive. I will love to see the finished headboard.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 01:27 PM

Can’t wait to see this in the headboard! The carving looks great.

-- Janice

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#5 posted 02-22-2014 01:36 AM

Very Nice Work indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 02-22-2014 04:55 PM

I wish my first attempt at any new woodworking skill came out so nice! Todd’s comments above are very appropriate and like others, I can’t wait to see the finished bed/headboard.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 02-22-2014 05:29 PM

You did a very nice job on it considering it was your first. Don’t get discouraged about it
; just stay with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 02-27-2014 03:02 PM

Beautiful wood and great carving. It will make the headboard more interesting. Impressive for a first.

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