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post #1 of 11 Old 08-21-2011, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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King of Spades and Cedar Peter

This lanky fellow is one of my most recently completed whittlings. He's made of anigre, which turned out to be a really decent wood to carve. I finished it back in March, just in time to be entered for judging at our club's last (not final) woodcarving show. I need to get my butt in gear and finish up several more pieces that I've started since then.

I named him the King of Spades.








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This is Cedar Peter. Just one of a handful of whittling projects I've started and have been procrastinating on getting back to and finishing up. Hopefully posting this will get me in the mood.





I sure wish I was better at eyes.

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Awesome work.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice carvings - like the King.

I carved a piece of soap once......

Keep going with the eyes, you will get better.

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I like both of these projects. The facial expressions are fantastic and the little details are awesome. Great work.

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Thanks for the kind words, guys. I know it's not quite the "right" type of woodworking for this forum. But it IS wood and I DID work it .

I've done a lot of these types of carvings (been whittling for slightly over 20 years now. Started at the age of 17.). Though most of my whittlings are things like fancy chains containing balls-in-cages, chain links of various sorts, rings on shafts, sliding parts, etc..., I do like to carve faces and various characters like the one shown above. And I do incorporate faces into a lot of my chains.

I'm not particularly good at faces but I'm usually happy enough with the way they turn out. And people LOVE the pumpkins I carve each year at the Halloween parties. I usually try to have one carved before anyone arrives then be working on a second one while people are there. I do a total of two or three each year.
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I know it's not quite the "right" type of woodworking for this forum. But it IS wood and I DID work it .
I guess I would have to disagree with this one Chaincarver. It falls into my definition of woodwork and I support seeing this and other carvings as well.

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I guess I would have to disagree with this one Chaincarver. It falls into my definition of woodwork and I support seeing this and other carvings as well.

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That's nice to hear. Thank you. I have a few I've done where I've taken photos of various stages in order to demonstrate the journey from solid linear stock to the finished product, complete with a dozen or so loose parts. I may have to post some sometime.

My dad and I have had 2 6-foot tables full of with our work set up at our woodcarving club's annual show every year since its inception (it's been 19 years, including this year). We've done other shows as well. People are fascinated with our chains. They often can't imagine how it is possible for them to be whittled out of one solid piece of wood.

Pliers joints are another good one that baffles people.


Check out my introduction thread if anyone is interested in seeing a few more pictures I posted here:


LINK -----> http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f3/ne...ll-sort-28818/ <----- LINK

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Very nice. i can almost hear Cedar Pete's voice from the way his mouth is open there. good detail.
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I worked a little more on "Cedar Peter". Still a ways to go but, in reality, I could have the actual whittling done in only about 2 - 2 1/2 more working hours. I need to shape the ears, fine tune parts of the face, make pupils in the eyes and finish the ring that will be loose around the base. Then a little time sanding before 10 or so coats of spray lacquer and I'll be done.

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I've sure been dragging my butt on getting things done with wood lately, especially the whittling. I worked a little more on "Cedar Peter" last night. Since it can be hard for people to visualize just how a carving takes shape I figured I'd post another picture of incremental progress.

I've started shaping the ring that will be loose right above the base.
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