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  1. Thread: Santa Penguin

    by ClaudeF
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    Santa Penguin

    Carved from basswood. Stands about 150mm tall.

    Claude
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    Santa on the Moon

    This is Santa on the Moon. He was busy hanging stars in the sky, sat down on the moon to rest and fell asleep! Santa is carved from basswood and is about 175mm tall.

    Claude...
  3. Thread: Just finished

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    I agree with your comment on the arms - her left...

    I agree with your comment on the arms - her left arm is much better than her right. Also, I don't mind the color change on the face; wood is natural and has natural flaws/color changes. I think you...
  4. Thread: Dr. Fu Manchu

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    Dr. Fu Manchu

    Bottle stopper carved for a customer here in the US. Measures 50mm by 50mm by 90mm, not including the cork. Basswood and acrylic paints.

    Claude
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    Three Scottish Brothers

    These three Scottish brothers were carved for a friend. They are about 50mm by 50mm by 100mm tall, not counting the stainless steel stoppers. The stoppers are recessed into the bottom of the...
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    Jerry: A lot would depend on what you want to...

    Jerry: A lot would depend on what you want to carve: Architectural (think church pulpits), caricature, chip-carving, human sculpture, animal sculpture...

    One of the best architectural carvers...
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    Canadian Lumberjacks

    Just completed this set of three Canadian Lumberjack bottle stoppers. Basswood, acrylic paint, about 10cm tall. The Silicone cork is recessed about 2cm into the base of the carvings.

    Claude
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    Scotsman Bottle Stopper

    My version of an original design by Tom Wolfe in "Tom Wolfe Carves Woodspirits and Walking Sticks".

    Claude

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  9. Thread: Self-Portrait

    by ClaudeF
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    Self-Portrait

    Just to show that I can carve something other than Santas and caricatures, I did this back in 2006. It's 9cm tall, carved from walnut, finished with clear water-based varnish.

    Claude
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    Beautiful work! Claude

    Beautiful work!

    Claude
  11. Thread: Phoenix Bird

    by ClaudeF
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    Phoenix Bird

    Something different than my usual Santa... This is a phoenix bird, carved for a special order. It is about 125mm tall, not counting the base. Carved from basswood and painted with acrylics.
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    Beautiful work! Claude

    Beautiful work!

    Claude
  13. Thread: Busy Week...

    by ClaudeF
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    Busy Week...

    I've had a busy week! Several medical appointments for my wife and I, plus some other things. Also, a customer ordered the three carvings below on Labor Day - so they had to be carved and painted...
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    Nice work! Claude

    Nice work!

    Claude
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    Nice Work! Claude

    Nice Work!

    Claude
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    Nice work! Claude

    Nice work!

    Claude
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    I don't know what tree types you have down there,...

    I don't know what tree types you have down there, but some good woods for making cooking spoons here are cherry, walnut, apple, pear, poplar. I have also made spoons from purpleheart, padauk, olive...
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    I agree with RV - drill a bunch of holes near the...

    I agree with RV - drill a bunch of holes near the outline and then use a chisel to remove the web between the holes.

    Claude
  19. I don't have as many tools, nor have I found the...

    I don't have as many tools, nor have I found the need for many more for the type of carving I do, so I settled on an artist's paint box from the local hobby/craft/art supply store. I inserted a few...
  20. Thread: New Member.

    by ClaudeF
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    Excellent on both! Claude

    Excellent on both!

    Claude
  21. Thread: Bits and bobs.

    by ClaudeF
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    Love the cheese boards! You did well on the...

    Love the cheese boards! You did well on the head, also!

    Claude
  22. Beautiful work! How tall is it? Claude

    Beautiful work! How tall is it?

    Claude
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    Excellent job on both! Claude

    Excellent job on both!

    Claude
  24. Thread: Chef Santa

    by ClaudeF
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    Chef Santa

    This is a 175mm tall Chef Santa. He's holding his favorite wooden spoon and whisk. Basswood and acrylic paint. This is going as a donation to a fund-raiser "Chef's Night" at the local...
  25. Thread: Owl progress

    by ClaudeF
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    Coming along nicely! Claude

    Coming along nicely!

    Claude
  26. Thread: For Me? Wow!

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    For Me? Wow!

    What could be better for Santa than chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk? Basswood, 150mm tall. The Santa was a Gary Falin rough out I bought at RWR 3/18. The tray of cookies and milk was my...
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    Santa with a Tree

    Back to carving Santas... This one is just over 140mm tall. Basswood

    Claude

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    Welcome back! Claude

    Welcome back!

    Claude
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    Dachshund Puppy

    My latest carving. I decided the first dachshund was more realistic, so I decided to try a caricature and ended up with a puppy. It is just over 75mm long, not counting the tail. Carved from...
  30. Thread: Distorted

    by ClaudeF
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    Excellent work! Claude

    Excellent work!

    Claude
  31. Thread: Dachshund

    by ClaudeF
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    Dachshund

    My latest carving. Basswood, acrylic paints. About 150mm long, not including the tail.


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    I agree with Brian - first glance says Chickadee....

    I agree with Brian - first glance says Chickadee. Nice work!

    Claude
  33. Beautiful work! Claude

    Beautiful work!
    Claude
  34. Thread: Had a go

    by ClaudeF
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    Nice work! Love the eyes in the third photo. ...

    Nice work! Love the eyes in the third photo.

    Claude
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    Redwood is not a good carving wood. It tends to...

    Redwood is not a good carving wood. It tends to splinter and the grain wanders a bit. It is soft, and will not hold much detail. Here's one I carved many years ago for a granddaughter. You can...
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    Luke: if you are in Seattle, you are maybe 4-5...

    Luke: if you are in Seattle, you are maybe 4-5 days away from the best carving wood in the USA: Northern basswood. I, and many woodcarvers I know, buy basswood from Heinecke Heinecke Wood Products ...
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    You can usually substitute another gouge with...

    You can usually substitute another gouge with little trouble. Here is a chart that may help you. It shows the radius of curvature of gouges. For example, a #9 12mm has a radius of 6mm; a #5 6mm...
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    Expanding on what Christos says... You could...

    Expanding on what Christos says... You could just ignore the crack and carve the sculpture as if there was no crack. This would not be much different than a wood turner making a bowl of wood that...
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    The general rule is that it takes one year per...

    The general rule is that it takes one year per inch (25mm) thickness for a piece of wood to stabilize at about 12% moisture content. Some woods are less prone to differential shrinking (cracking)...
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    Wow! Really beautiful work! Claude

    Wow! Really beautiful work!

    Claude
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    Yorkshire Terrier Puppy

    This is a wood carving of a Yorkshire Terrier puppy. It's standing on a window sill looking at the woods. It is about 90mm tall, carved from basswood.

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    Lumberjack with Bear Cub

    This is a lumberjack with a bear cub. Stands about 250mm tall, including base. Carved from basswood.

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    I just checked Google Images, and the Santas...

    I just checked Google Images, and the Santas there have black or brown :D. <grin> Here's one of the classics: ...
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    Santa Riding a Bear

    This is a small Santa riding a bear. About 150mm tall, basswood.

    Claude

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  46. Thread: Easter Bunny

    by ClaudeF
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    I did do an all-white one a couple of years ago -...

    I did do an all-white one a couple of years ago - Put it in my etsy shop for a year and it didn't sell, so it's now at my Granddaughter's home. These took several hours (over several days) from...
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    Another Easter Bunny

    Another Easter bunny - you can never have too many... Carved from basswood, and about 150mm tall, painted with acrylics.

    Claude

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  48. Thread: Easter Bunny

    by ClaudeF
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    Easter Bunny

    This is an Easter bunny with basket of candy. Carved from basswood and about 100mm tall.
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  49. Thread: Manta Ray

    by ClaudeF
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    Beautiful work! Claude

    Beautiful work!

    Claude
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    Balsa is a terrible wood to carve - way to soft...

    Balsa is a terrible wood to carve - way to soft and "squishy". The fibers will crush instead of being cut. One of the good carving woods where you are is jelutong for figure carving. For spoons or...
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