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    Being curved at the back and quite thick I'd...

    Being curved at the back and quite thick I'd drill a series of holes then cut out the excess with key saw or similar.
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    Thanks RV and Claude, The cheese boards were...

    Thanks RV and Claude, The cheese boards were fairly easy to make and have been quite popular, a gallery in a country area approached me about putting them in their place but it's
    a few hours drive...
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    Bits and bobs.

    Hi Folks, I haven't posted much for awhile but I have been fairly busy, the following is what I have done recently. I got asked to make some cheese boards so I had a go at designing something unique...
  4. Nice work, Jelutong is easy to work with but no...

    Nice work, Jelutong is easy to work with but no grain, you have carved 2 pieces that work well with.
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    Ha Ha sounds very like me, I get asked quite a...

    Ha Ha sounds very like me, I get asked quite a lot, "how long did it take" but for me it's a stop start process so I stop counting the hours and just enjoy the journey, it takes as long as it takes :)
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    Wow, magnificent job as always David, I like the...

    Wow, magnificent job as always David, I like the colour of that wood as well. Just wondering how long it takes you to carve a spoon with that much detail?
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    Great pictures Germaine and thanks for showing...

    Great pictures Germaine and thanks for showing them, I've never been to to Tassie but I've heard it's beautiful, That Huon pine mill is woodcarvers heaven :rolleyes:
  8. Thread: Manta Ray

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    Thanks RV and Mike, I have been in the water with...

    Thanks RV and Mike, I have been in the water with these beautiful placid creatures and their pectoral fin movement is totally random which is why I liked the grain.
    Mike the hardest part was the 2...
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    WOW that's awesome, great job, perfect colour for...

    WOW that's awesome, great job, perfect colour for the subject matter too.
  10. Thread: Manta Ray

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    Thanks Artme, the reason I did the Manta Ray with...

    Thanks Artme, the reason I did the Manta Ray with this piece of wood was because of the grain flow, I think it helps portray the random movement of a Manta Ray's wings.
  11. Thread: Manta Ray

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    Manta Ray

    Found a nice block of Camphor Laurel that suited a Manta Ray perfectly, I've been carving it from early December on the cooler days. The seabed base is Norfolk Island pine and the rocks are American...
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    Hi I agree with Blackforester on the woods to...

    Hi I agree with Blackforester on the woods to carve, white beech, huon pine and Camphor laurel are great woods to carve, I don't think you'll find any Jelutong around now unless your lucky and get...
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    Patience and care, gets a bit scary when you go...

    Patience and care, gets a bit scary when you go this thin.427747
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    Wedding Sculptures

    Here's a couple of sculptures I made for 2 weddings recently, the T light candle holder is in European Beechwood and the love heart sculpture is in Poplar and Jarrah.
    I'm happy to say both couples...
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    Great job considering you were pushed for time, I...

    Great job considering you were pushed for time, I bet they were very happy.
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    Nice work Claude, had a look at the google...

    Nice work Claude, had a look at the google images, certainly a colourful event, good job on the carving and painting.
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    Nice one JJF thanks for the WIP pictures.

    Nice one JJF thanks for the WIP pictures.
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    Beautiful relief carving, well done.

    Beautiful relief carving, well done.
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    Exactly right Claude, I'm just not very good at...

    Exactly right Claude, I'm just not very good at explaining things.:D
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    No problem but if you're going to start the...

    No problem but if you're going to start the carving on a flat face you will lose a lot of depth straight up, maybe before you start have a look at a few You Tube videos of carving a head, I have...
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    With Jelutong it's not going to matter too much...

    With Jelutong it's not going to matter too much as it has virtually no grain, try hold the block as a diamond shape and start the carving on the front edge if you get my meaning.
  22. Thread: Leaf

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    Another beautiful piece, love the way it flows...

    Another beautiful piece, love the way it flows with the grain. That's a nice wood.:2tsup:
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    Really nice mate, did you use a power carving...

    Really nice mate, did you use a power carving disc to do the shaping?
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    Thanks Mike and Indefix. Mike your right, they...

    Thanks Mike and Indefix. Mike your right, they are not that easy, the tail was scary, trying to thin it down and put a bit of movement in it without breaking it and the painting was daunting because...
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    Years ago, my D1 turned around and found herself...

    Years ago, my D1 turned around and found herself face-to-face with one.[/QUOTE]

    Thanks RV, no problems swimming with these beautiful placid creatures as long as you stay above them, if you try to...
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    Whale Shark

    This was a commission job I just finished for a tour company called Ningaloo discovery, they take people swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales on the Ningaloo reef Exmouth WA.
    They just...
  27. I was given some soapstone as a present and it's...

    I was given some soapstone as a present and it's pretty easy and fun to carve, if you look on Ebay you will probably find some unfinished pieces there.
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    Thanks Mike, I really like carving the lime, you...

    Thanks Mike, I really like carving the lime, you seem to be able to chisel in different directions without splitting it or taking big chunks out, the only thing I didn't like much is I find it quite...
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    Ah ha I had know idea that was on the Mexican...

    Ah ha I had know idea that was on the Mexican flag, thanks Claude, We don't get Cobra's here either but they look impressive:D. Tiger snakes and Taipan's are bad enough.
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    Thanks Germaine, It's really brought my wall to...

    Thanks Germaine, It's really brought my wall to life this one :U
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    Thanks RV, I have been busy carving before summer...

    Thanks RV, I have been busy carving before summer arrives and it gets too hot, I love doing the wall concept but I've got a couple of carvings to do as wedding presents and one large abstract carving...
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    Eagle V Cobra.

    Decided to carve something for my Eagle to attack so a Cobra has popped out the wall to do battle:D Carved in lime and stained to a maple finish, I decided to stain the wood first then carve the...
  33. Very nice Mike, hard to pick between them, they...

    Very nice Mike, hard to pick between them, they both have great detail for miniatures. I take it they are more of a hiking stick than everyday walking stick.
  34. Thread: The Deal.

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    Thanks RV, I've been getting a lot of comments...

    Thanks RV, I've been getting a lot of comments down those lines, there's even some interest from a business to put a larger version in their boardroom. I've still got more ideas for the wall pieces...
  35. Thread: The Deal.

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    Thanks Guys, Cobalt, a lot of people on my...

    Thanks Guys,
    Cobalt, a lot of people on my Facebook page are saying friendship or a peace deal in trouble times, lets hope.

    Mike, It was harder than I thought, I've done similar before but had...
  36. Thread: The Deal.

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    The Deal.

    Another through the wall piece, "The Deal" in English lime, The question is who are they and what are they dealing in? you decide :rolleyes:
  37. Nice job Bobsten for a first carving, luckily...

    Nice job Bobsten for a first carving, luckily Jelutong is quite easy to sand, I usually start at 120 grit for that then 240 then 400 and finally a soft fine sponge back sander. If you want to put a...
  38. I like it, some pretty intricate work done there,...

    I like it, some pretty intricate work done there, it looks great well done.
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    RV and others, these are the "through the wall"...

    RV and others, these are the "through the wall" carvings I have done previously.
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    Hi Cobalt, It doesn't take that long to mount but...

    Hi Cobalt, It doesn't take that long to mount but for it look right it has to be really flush to the wall and the only way I can do that is to hot glue it, I hold the part on the wall and move it...
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    Thanks Christos, He might smiling but if those...

    Thanks Christos, He might smiling but if those talons get ya, look out :D
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    Thanks Claude, it is about 750mm from wing tip to...

    Thanks Claude, it is about 750mm from wing tip to wing tip.
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    Hi RV Half the fun is thinking up what to do and...

    Hi RV Half the fun is thinking up what to do and how it would work on the wall, there will be more coming :)
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    Attacking Eagle.

    For my latest carving I've gone back to the through the wall concept, I enjoy this because it's challenging and fairly unique. The wings, part body and legs are American black walnut, the head, feet...
  45. Hi RV, I'll give you my top 4 Aussie carving...

    Hi RV, I'll give you my top 4 Aussie carving woods, Huon Pine, White Beech, Camphor Laurel, Western Red Cedar, just a personal preference, others may disagree.
  46. Hi, Pop's shed in Melbourne might be a good place...

    Hi, Pop's shed in Melbourne might be a good place to look, they have a large variety of woods and will advise you on the good types to carve, as RV said Jelutong is considered a good beginners wood...
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    Fantastic job, well worth the wait. I see you are...

    Fantastic job, well worth the wait. I see you are in Perth so are you salt water fly fishing or down south catching trout? :rolleyes:
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    Hi Idefix, Beautiful abstract designs, great...

    Hi Idefix, Beautiful abstract designs, great work, what wood did you use on those?
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    Well I think that was a very good "save" ,I like...

    Well I think that was a very good "save" ,I like the skull, you can see how you started as a horses head but the skull works fine. :2tsup: Blackthorn? never heard of it, a UK wood maybe?
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    Ha ha, looks like me after a few too many wines,...

    Ha ha, looks like me after a few too many wines, nice job.
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