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I carved the guy in the rocking chair back in April and thought i was finished. I had originally planned to have more characters, but thought it was more work than I wanted, especially since I wanted to do the glider. But I like a challenge, so I did the glider and then the lady, and then I figured it wouldn't take much to add the dog and a few other items. I had thought I wanted to have a wall behind them and a roof over the porch, but it created too much of a shadow when I mocked it up. This time, I am really finished! Thanks for looking1

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Nice Job Mike
 

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Great diorama, I love it.
 

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Awesome detail. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Very nice. you wrote "This time, I am really finished". You know, you may extend the story to show the house inside behind the terrace with a removable roof and the garden in front of the house.
the bottom line is that the artist himself decides when it is finished. I'm not arguing, just kidding.
 

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wow!
 

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I'm glad to see you didn't stop with just the man in the rocking chair. This is very, very cool.
I admire your talent.
Well done.
 

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Wow Mike! You struck a memory nerve in my head with this one. Takes me back to sittin on my Uncles porch, and listening to his stories. Thnx for the walk down memory lane. This is a fantastic carving and creation of yours.
 

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WOW! That is talent! Great carving. I love the expression on the dog.
 

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You hit the nail on the head. I have lots of fond memories of old folks sitting on the porch. We sure miss a lot sitting in the house under the AC.
 

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Great stuff Mike!!!

This reminds me of a story my Dad told me about his summers traveling at about the age of fourteen with his father on business from Chattanooga to south Georgia around 1920. His father was with a bank who made farm loans throughout the Southeast and he often had to make long trips to see the banks representatives in other towns and see about problem loans. The roads back then were mostly gravel and dirt and road signs were few. His Dad loved to play a little game with the locals by pulling up to someone sitting out on their porch like in your carvings and shouting to them "Is this the way?" never saying the way to where. Inevitably the reply was shouted back was "Straight ahead!".
 

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I see it not just as woodworking project, I see this as a incredible life story.Looks so alive and authentic.
 

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Some people have talent that just "stands alone"...you sir, are one!!
 

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To me Very much, Very much it is pleasant….........
They live also deserve Respect…....
 

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Wonderful Mike, the scene is beautiful, the detail fantastic, your imagination is out of this world! Thanks for sharing, it brings a smile to my face!
 

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This time I am really finished. Heh. Super piece. I love the title Car Tires on a Gravel Road. Brings back some nice memories.
 

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I love it!! You have done a lot more than a nice carving. You captured a time and a place. I grew up there too. I'd call them Mamaw and Papaw. Mamaw's almost dozing off, with her cold drink leaning as her grip relaxes, still slowly fanning with the funeral home fan with the portrait of the Savior. She stirs and looks without even raising her head at the car as it passes. The old dog lifts a knowing eyebrow, no sense in barking as they'll soon be past. Papaw who might have had a little nip (or two ) is glad to see some one, just anyone go by. You had to be there to get it so right.
 

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I see this got 2nd place in the mixed group category on the CCA's website. Looks like you had several entries.

Just an fyi, I saw your lizard helviee knife in this months woodcarving illustrated.
Once again, congrats, even if they're a little late.
 
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