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This is a Grandfather clock crown commission for a clock missing its crown. With nothing to copy directly, the design is a combination of crown elements from other clocks of a similar style. It's 31 inches from tip to tip and about 30 inches high. It's made from black walnut with an oak burl veneer overlay. The backboard is two pieces glued up at a 45 degree angle. The center drapery and bust piece hides the glue seam. The center piece is two pieces (drapes and bust) plus the two veneer pieces on each side. It had to be retrofit over the two scrols on both sides of center. The two leaf buttons on the ends are also an add-ons. The two narrow strips are the side rails for behind the crown and the side view of the crown. My bid estimate was for about 60 hours. Unfortunately it took 222 hours to complete. So much for my estimating abilities. What a shmuck. But it came out nice and well worth the mess with my work schedule and lost wage. One of the nicest things I've done in my 40 years of carving. Maybe one day I'll get the estimating thing right.

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Amazing craftsmanship ,beautiful !
 

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You sir, are on a different playing field than the rest of us. We're not worthy.
 

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Very incredible work.
 

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Nice work!

Regarding estimating. Back in the 1970s when I was using my workshop for making money on the side, my system for estimating evolved into the following: Calculate the cost of hours and materials involved and double it. It was surprising how accurate this "formula" was!
 

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Very, very beautiful work. Are you sure you have only been carving for 40 years?
 

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This is the style of woodworking that I love. Not often seen here for obvious reasons. Do you think you would have gotten the job if you had more accurately estimated the number of hours it would take? I always estimate, then double it and add 50%. 180 hours is much closer to what you spent.
 

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Exceptional!!! very nice carving. the devils in the details… there a lot of wonderful details in this carving!
 

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That's incredible work with stunning detail. wow

T&M is your friend (time and material)
Good luck on your next endeavor, bidding wise that is.
 

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Amazing work. I'm with Brian Timmons. You're playing on a different ball field than the rest of us. Maybe even a different game altogether. Do you have any photos of the project in process as you went from start to finish? Do you sketch out what you are going to do before you start anything? Do you just see the figure in the wood and, as I think Rodin said, just remove the excess from the figure already there? It is beyond me how this kind of work is done. I hope the client truly appreciates the craftsmanship, skill, work and fine attention to detail that goes into something like this. Congratulations on a project beautifully done.
 

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GEEZ…..the words are all taken. How about breath takingly well done! Customer should love it! I'm over joyed when I finished my first ball-n-cage. Can't imagine how I'd feel after finishing something like that.
 

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Absolutely beautiful work - Excellent craftsmanship! I hope being off the bid by as much as you were didn't prove to be too costly financially for you. Again, gorgeous work.
 

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That is an amazing piece of art that I wouldn't even know how to start.
 

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That's not woodworking, that is art and bloody lovely art at that. Thanks for showing it to us.
 

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Nice!
 

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Very nice… Do you have a picture of the complete clock? Just curious.
 

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Is the face based on any person?
 

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B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!!
 
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