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Old 08-26-2017, 05:12 PM   #1
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Finished up a carving today

I finished up a carving today. It is one chip at a time and no electric tools used to carve. I get a 5 gallon bucket of chips from a carving. lol
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That's awesome! How long does it take to do something like this? Is this for your own use, or is it a business?
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It takes about 35/40 hours. I do it for enjoyment but it has become more then a hobby. Lol I do sell some and also give some to charity events for them to raise money.
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That is great.
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Old 08-26-2017, 05:59 PM   #6
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How did you know that was inside the tree?
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Thats really nice, I painted my mothers garage door once. It was one step above graffiti. I have no artistic talent at all.
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Beautiful! Has a bit of a sad song element to it. Makes you think.
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How did you know that was inside the tree?
It would be written all over it's "face"(sorry old sawmill joke).😁

Awesome carving!
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Old 08-26-2017, 09:57 PM   #11
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Very nice work!

How long have you been pursuing this hobby?

How tall is the piece? (I'm guessing 12"-15", based on it sitting atop a table and the umbrella shaft next to it.)

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Very nice! Just wondering - how long do you wait after the tree is cut down before you start your carving? And do you put a sealer on it when you're done?
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The carvings are about 24 inches high and I have messed around with carving for 20 years but only started this type the last 10 years. When I say 20 years that is I might have done a small project in one years. Time was always a factor but always had the interest in creating and using my imagination.

These logs come from trees the beaver have taken down and they may lay 3 to 4 years before I will use them. I get them from my ranch on the river bottom mostly. I have went and cut some pieces and have them stored in my shed when I get the urge to carve. Lol

I only use oil on them when I done. When color is used it is all natural things like tree bark, dirt, berry's, scoria, coal etc. and will use a colored pencil once and a while.

When I start a carving I don't look at a picture I just start and do as I go and the carving takes me to the end. The one thing I just don't carve to carve when I get the urge I start one and my finish it in 4 days or it may take two month's. I don't make it a job.
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My F-I-L did a carving like that. A tree died, and he carved away after having the top taken off. Of course rot and insect damage had a serious impact over ten years or so.

He had the same technique. Used chain saw, motorized tools, chisels, etc. The tree was probably 18-24" in diameter.
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+13 very cool.

The city we used to live in had a carving project for old tree stumps, broken trees, etc.. They had engaged a "chainsaw artist" who came around and made public art from peoples trees. He did some very cool stuff. I used to pass one every day on my walk to work.

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Koogie >>>> thanks for the link that is very good! I don't use a chain saw or any electric tools to carve. I do it the old fashion way one chip at a time with home made tools, chisels, gouges etc..
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Thats really nice, I painted my mothers garage door once. It was one step above graffiti. I have no artistic talent at all.
That is about my level of artistic talent as well.

To OP: Beautiful work. I am envious of people that can see the potential in a block of wood, or a stack of iron, and make something so awesome.
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