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« on: January 09, 2014 09:37:17 PM »

I've been working on a woodcarving (not this one) for weeks and weeks, and I'm starting to get sick of it, so yesterday at carving class with my dad I pulled this random chunk of basswood out of his stash and vowed that I was going to FINISH something.  Then I didn't.

I carved on it some more today and now it's at least finished enough that I'm not embarassed to show it to other people.



This is my first relief carving.  I tend to be overly neat and careful when I carve and it kind of makes me crazy, so on this piece I forced myself to not be so precise.  I drew the design freehand and just started cutting.  The tools I used were a V-tool for carving the outlines and two different sized flattish gouges to get out all the bits in the middle and push the "under" pieces lower than the "over" pieces.

I kept taking pictures at different angles to try to get the shadows to show up right.  It didn't really work.



Random close-up, 'cause why not.

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014 05:48:18 AM »

I've always been envious of people who could carve.  This is lovely!
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014 05:53:39 AM »

That looks great.  I have just made a start on a new carving but it will be some time before it has anything to show.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2014 07:32:29 AM »

Love your design.  What are you going to do with your carving?
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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2014 06:29:14 PM »

This is great!  I love it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014 07:10:10 AM »

This is very pretty. If I made that I would probably show it off to everyone that steps foot into my house. :-P
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014 08:40:54 AM »

I've always been envious of people who could carve.  This is lovely!

Me too!

This is a really lovely piece and I'm so impressed that you did it in one day and did it freehand! It has a nice organic feel to it.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014 06:30:22 PM »

Thanks everybody!

Love your design.  What are you going to do with your carving?

I'm not sure yet...I feel like it wants to be the lid of a box, but it's pretty thick (almost an inch) so maybe not.  I'll probably end up hanging it on the wall somewhere.
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