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My wife is a collecter of Dickens Department 56 houses.

One day she received an advertising brochure that had a panoramic picture of Dickens houses. I thought it would make an interesting carving.

A friend of mine had worked in Liberia for about 10 years. & had his belongings shipped back on his return. The shipping crate was constructed of Mahogany. He asked me if I could use the wood, & I told him to bring it to me. The boards were 1/2" X 9" wide So I've been putting it to use with various projects, & as you can see by this beautiful, & unique carving.

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I wish I could carve like this. I have been trying to include carving in my furniture work, but I am not talented enough to do what you are able to do.
 

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I've always liked this one Dick! From scrap wood none the less…
 

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Good Job. I having carving tools but haven't attempted to use this for something as good as this.
 

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Thanks !!
I just added a new image, for a little better look.
 

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ok.. best yet.
wow… the details!!!
 

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Dick, this is a treasure as are the rest of your works. Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

I'm curious, how many hours on that piece? I've never done any carving other than on a pine board for woodcut prints back in school.
 

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Thanks everyone
I usually never keep a record of my time, But I estimate on this one could be 40 to 60 hours.
 

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I think this may be your best one yet. Have you even taught anyone how to carve, you seem like you'd be a good teacher since you are so good at it?

Diane
 

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Thanks Diane,
I taught a few classes shortly after I retired. It was fun, but I never seem to have enough time for the other things I like to do. There's never a dull moment.
One class I taught how to carve this Hummingbird. It was a 6 hour class of 6 people.
 

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Dick -

I somehow missed this one. Great work as always! I love your carving - wish I could do the same. My wife and I also collect Dept 56 - it is a bit of an addiction! Again, I greatly admire your work.
 

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David,
Thank you for your kind comments. You must have spotted this from the shuffle.
I've discovered some things I missed myself.
 

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Dick -

I am using the shuffle feature to my amazement of how much I have missed - such a prolific group! Also, my shop & computer time fluxuates with demands of the wife and regular work! :)
 

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David-
It sounds to me like you're a normal human being. ;)
 

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LOL!
Thanks Dick.
 

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Beautifully carved, Dick. Fine job.
 

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very nice work! A lot of little details, I'm sure this one took some time.
 

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Keith,

Thanks, I don't keep a record of the time I spend on a carving, but I estimate maybe about

100 hours. If I was being paid for this, I would pay more attention.

Time doesn't matter much to me, when I'm enjoying what I'm doing.
 

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I Take off a hat….. Beautifully and with taste…..
 
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