Cherry pierced bas-relief carving

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Project by Scultoro3 posted 03-26-2014 05:36 PM 3833 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over two decades ago I found a piece of clip art based on one of THE CRUSADES. Wow, knights, villains, swords, shields, whats not to like. I said “One day I’ll do something with that”. That day came in 2012. I chose a piece of 1/8th” cherry. Transferred the pattern and found out Cherry is hard as steel. Put it on the shelf until 2013 when I was stronger, and had sharper chisels. It was a work in progress for about six months, part time. It really was a pleasure to bring to life. By the way, it measures 12” x 24”. Finished with Minwax spray lacquer and lots of XXXX steel wool.

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 05:41 PM

Wow, that is beautiful, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 03-26-2014 05:43 PM

Outstanding carving!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-26-2014 05:45 PM

Supurb Work looks fantastic well done Very inspireing project a lot of talent & vision.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#4 posted 03-26-2014 05:53 PM

Beautiful, that is all I can say!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 03-26-2014 05:57 PM

I am speechless, absolutely incredible.

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#6 posted 03-26-2014 07:26 PM

beautiful. And tough to do in 1/8 , I would imagine with cherry you would start to crack some of the delicate sections.
Nice work. Not sure how you stabilized those finer scrolls while you worked on them.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 10:19 PM

Wow! I can see me doing something exactly like that…. Not a chance. Your “project” is incredible. For me – you have redefined “patience” Thank you!

By the way – I think yo have the same set of flexcuts as I do. Any tips for the hard woods?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 03-26-2014 10:20 PM

Jeff NJ, I mis-spoke and your response called it to my attention. It was a PC. Of 1/4” solid cherry. Pesky and fragile nonetheless. I used three hold down clamps at all work times and as close to where I was working as was possible.

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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#9 posted 03-26-2014 10:55 PM

Thanks Mark. It was an incredible project, for me too. I thought I’d NEVER get finished. That is ‘cause the bar was so high also. When you do a bas-relief remember to keep a light source OVER TOP of the carving. Bas-relief works ‘cause light from above highlights the higher areas, the not carved areas. Like on a new coin or a medallion.
With hard woods especially SLICE, SLICE, SLICE. Even with the Flexcuts I like to slide the blade instead of a direct, brute push whenever possible. Almost 100% of this carving was done with a blade as opposed to gouges or v grove blades.

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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#10 posted 03-26-2014 11:57 PM

Cripes, this is awesome work. Likely will be in a museum one day. Well done! Next up is a panel from the Bayeux (sp?) Tapestry?

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#11 posted 03-27-2014 03:51 AM


This is really incredible! . . . mind-bogglingly (how do you like that for a new word?) beautiful!

Where do you plan to display it? on a piece of furniture? as artwork on the wall? at the Smithsonian?

Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 03-30-2014 07:35 PM

you know what would be really cool? To see a video of you doing this type of work. It is definitely mind-bogglingly (wow, that doesn’t even type easily) beautiful. I don’t see how you could do it without cracking pieces out.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#13 posted 02-08-2019 03:22 PM

Whoa, thats intense, I dig it

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

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