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I just can't get enough of these beautiful vintage works of art! The next hood ornament that caught my eye is from a 1958 Oldsmobile Rocket 88. I wanted to do a sculpture that really made it come alive. The name came from the fact that the actual Space Race was going on when this car was manufactured.

The main portions of the body are made from Black Walnut and a crazy spalted, quilted, birdseye maple. The two woodS are separated with a three piece stack of a black veneer and a maple veneer. The base pieces are curly maple and Wenge. The black walnut was carved to perfectly match the curvature of the hood ornament. There is not a flat portion to it except for the bottom. Lots of carving with Foredom/burr bits and then final shaping was done with rasps. It starts as a point at the front and opens to a flat portion towards the back end. This shape represents high speed to me.

There was a cavity under the nose of the hood ornament that I thought looked better filled. I carved a piece of Shedua to perfectly fit in the cavity and share the same curve as the nose.

The rocket blast was turned out of a piece of hard maple. I carved the end to fit into a slot on the back of the hood ornament. I made sure that when I attached it the grain was running in a way that accented the whole piece.

"88 Space Race" was finished with five soakings of Danish Oil and two waxings.

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So unique shape and project.
 

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thats a true art piece,any lover of olds would love that.nice work.
 

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Wow. Absolutely beautiful.

Steve
 

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What a cool piece of art.
 

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Pretty cool Jeff, looks like it's about to blast off in 3..2…1..ignition…...
 

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I love this…what a beautiful piece of art and history!!
 

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Another work of automotive art brought back to life as only you can Jeff.
This one's for you.
 

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Absolutely a beautiful work of art.
 

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I really want to thank all you guys for all the great comments and following my pieces for what turns out to be …many, many years! I am very thankful for that. I can't wait to show you the large piece I am currently working on. I probably have at least 100+ more hours to put into it…but I will share it with all of you as soon as it is done!
 

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Was this at the Milwaukee woodworking show

- Jacksdad
Hi Jeff (great name by the way :) )

Yes, I brought it up there Saturday morning. Very happy to say it won the Educators Choice Award!
 

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One of the most gorgeous things I've ever seen on Lumberjocks period. Just begs to be touched. You get the sense of outer space and speed from it…not sure why but it does that for me. Just awesome work. Thanks for sharing with us.
 

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That thing really does look like it's in motion. i'm not usually into the abstract pieces, but this one really drew me in. thanks for sharing.
 

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Just as a cross reference, "Rocket 88" by Ike Turner is one of the songs most often mentioned as the "original" rock and roll song. Your gorgeous sculpture remains me of that song, but even more of Steppenwolf's "fire both of your guns at once and explode into space." Great work, thanks for sharing-Olderkirk
 

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Very impressive as usual.
 

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Sooooo beautiful, love it!!! gratz on well deserved daily 3
 

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Spectacular as usual Triumph! Good to see you're still making these wonderful projects!
 
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