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« on: June 03, 2019 01:50:19 PM »

UPDATED:  Here is the final photo of this totem pole carve



I have started a massive project, and I realize that I am not posting a completed project, but I'm hoping that the folks in charge will allow me to post as I go along.  This project will most likely take me the rest of the summer to finish.

It will be something akin to a totem pole.  I have been commissioned to build this and with any luck, it will turn out as I have planned it.

I started with a log that was 23 1/2 feet long.  It has been debarked, scraped and in some cases, sanded.  I have started laying out patterns and cutting them into the log.

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What I started with:


How it looks today:


A few images of what I've already done:
Coral:


One of two crabs:  


Momma and baby humpback whale:



An octopus, using the knot found in the wood:


I will be adding photos to this post as I go along, so stay with me for awhile.




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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2019 03:18:00 PM »

This is absolutely stunning.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2019 08:15:43 PM »

Wow! How did you even move that thing? A storm once blew over a tree in my yard, and my husband and son and I could not even budge it, it was so heavy. Did you remove the bark yourself?

The whole thing reminds me of an antique carved horn.
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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2019 10:33:04 PM »

It was moved by truck from where it came down.  Since this is a commission piece, I have had some help getting it to its current location.  We also made a cradle for it, so that I can move it as I work.  We cut it down to a 17 foot piece, and five to six feet of it will go into the ground.  This makes it stable.

I did all of the debarking and scraping, as well as laying out the patterns and roughing in the shapes.  I've done a lot of research to be sure that I was putting the right animals on it.  It is for an RV park in a small coastal town in Oregon.  The name Neskowin means many fish, and there will be a history of sealife on this piece.


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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2019 10:37:09 PM »

Well, how cool! I do hope youll continue to show pictures of your progress.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2019 12:07:56 AM »

That is my intention.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2019 11:07:11 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019 04:22:12 PM »

Wow, that is super cool, and definitely a labor of love! I can't wait to see the progress! 

Congrats on the feature!
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2019 08:07:38 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley

Thank you.  I wish it was a finished project, but I've just begun to do this.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2019 07:15:08 AM »

It already looks fab! Can't wait to see it when you're done.
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