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Old Tuesday 5th October 2004, 21:01   #1
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Carvings

Just thought I would throw a few pics of one of my carvings up. Name is "Nature's Order" and as can be seen depicts a mature Red-Tail Hawk and Bullsnake. 70" tall. 500 hours to complete. Made from tupelo gum and basswood.
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Old Tuesday 5th October 2004, 21:23   #2
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Wow thats impressive.
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Beautiful work!
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Mighty nice!
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Very nice work Marc!
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That's really nice Marc. You must be a fan of Floyd Scholtz, me too!

I'd love to see some of this type of carving over here but it seems more of a US thing. Carvers here tend to go for a more stylised feel without painting. I suppose the American tradition stems from decoy carving whereas the UK tradition is based more on sculpture. Simon Gudgeon is a perfect exponent of the kind of UK style I'm referring to.

More photos of your work please, I love it!

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I've currently looking into having a go at carving, wildlife, human form etc. but have no idea what type of chisels I'd need.

what did you use for your sculpture???
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Thanks for all the kind words!

Paul, I use a variety of tools, some hand made to do exactly what I need them to do. Some power driven. Some hand driven. Basic roughing out of the piece is done with a tool called a Foredom. Has a long flexible shaft and drives a variety of different cutting heads/burrs. This gets the piece down to close and after that I use a Dremel or small hand chisels and a variety of small rasps. Then lots of time sanding it down so all scratches are gone. Then I use smaller grinding tools to put detail into each feather and then I use a small woodburner with replaceable tips that basically have a knife edge for really fine detail. Wood is then sealed and then painted. Nothin' to it!

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I've currently got a hack saw, a sharp knife and sand paper. Plenty of scope for future development.
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Anybody interesting in carvings might like to know the following...

National Wildlife Carving Exhibition
Friday 25th March - Sunday 3rd April 2005
Pensthorpe Waterfowl Park
Fakenham, Norfolk. NR21 0LN.
Tel: 01328 851 465
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