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Information on this piece I completed in February 2017:

Size of wood:  1 ¼ inch thick x 7 ¼ inch wide x 9 ½ inch long.

Type of wood: Birch.

Style of carving: Relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): I stopped counting after I reached 30 hours!


Tools used: I used mostly Foredom flexshaft, and RotoZip 5.5 amp rotoSaw Spiral saw. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.

Finishing/staining: two layers of natural Watco Danish stain mixed with medium walnut stain. I then buffed it.


Additional notes: this was a very challenging project for me. The subject had tilted her head and smiled showing her teeth. When I drew her face on wood, I did not draw the face tilted. Halfway throw carving, I noticed that I am carving a passport type image rather than a tilted. When I tried to correct it, the proportions on the facial features that I had already carved, made it very difficult to make the image tilted. I was not able to carve the teeth, so I closed the lips. I used RotoZip 5.5 amp rotoSaw Spiral saw to go deeper in the wood for hugging out wood. It beats any rotary hands down for hugging out. It has a lot of power and you can use any bits that you use for regular rotary. 

Decorative Panel.
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Information on this piece I completed in December 2016:

Size of wood:  ¾ inch thick x 6 ½ inch wide x 41 ¼ inch long.

Type of wood: Birch.

Style of carving: Relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 40 hours.

Tools used: I used mostly Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.

Finishing/staining: two layers of natural Watco Danish stain. One layer of Boiled Linseed Oil.

Additional notes: this piece has been permanently installed outside of the house on the stairs leading to the house. The cherub is the focal point here and the decorative parts, I used Rococo and Acanthus patterns.

Decorative Panel.
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Information on this piece I completed in November 2016:

Size of wood: 1 ¼ inch thick x 3 ¾ inch wide x 41 ¼ inch long.

Type of wood: Alder.

Style of carving: Deep relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 25 hours.

Tools used: I used mostly Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.


Finishing/staining: two layers of neutral Watco Danish stain. One layer of Tru-Oil Gunstock Finish.

Additional notes: this piece has been permanently installed outside of the house on the stairs leading to the house. Alder continues to be one of my favorite American woods. It holds details very well and I like its grain. It takes sanding and oil  very well but it has a tendency to become dark even with natural oil.

Decorative Panel.
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Information on this piece I completed in September 2016:

Size of wood: 1 ½ inch thick x 4 ¼ inch wide x 41 ¼ inch long.

Type of wood: Birch.

Style of carving: Deep relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 36 hours.

Tools used: I used mostly my new Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.


Finishing/staining: two layers of neutral Watco Danish stain. One layer of Tru-Oil Gunstock Finish.

Additional notes: this piece has been permanently installed outside of the house on the stairs leading to the house.

Decorative carving.
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Information on this piece I completed in July 2016:

Size of wood: 2 inch thick x 8 inch wide x 12 inch long.

Type of wood: Basswood.

Style of carving: Deep relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 25 hours.

Tools used: I used mostly my new Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.

Finishing/staining: two layers of neutral Watco Danish stain. One layer of Tru-Oil Gunstock finish.

Decorative Panel.
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Information on this piece I completed in May 2016:

Size of wood: 1 ½ inch thick x 4 inch wide x 40 ¾ inch long.

Type of wood: Birch.

Style of carving: Deep relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 32 hours.

Tools used: I used mostly my new Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.


Finishing/staining: two layers of neutral Watco Danish stain. One layer of Tru-Oil Gunstock Finish.

Additional notes: this piece has been permanently installed outside of the house on the stairs leading to the house.

Carved Door Frame.
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Information on the door frame I completed in March 2016:

Size of wood: The top panel is 3/4 inch thick x 3 ½ inch wide x 41 inch long. The two side panels are 3/4 inch thick x 3 ½ inch wide x 80 inch long.

Type of wood: Pine.

Style of carving: Relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 160 hours. I started this project in September 2015 and finished it March 2016.

Tools used: I used mostly my new Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.


Finishing/staining: one layer of combination of Tung oil, Danish Oil, Boiled Linseed Oil, oil stains, and neutral stain. One layer of Tru-Oil Gunstock Finish.

Additional notes: This was a challenging project because of the thinness of the wood and also shortness of the width. I have carved on pine before but now I am convinced that it is very boring wood. It will be sometime before I touch pine. The door frame will be outside subject to the harsh Las Vegas weather. However, I am not worried about its effect on this door frame because of the oil that I have used and finished it with Tru-Oil Gunstock Finish. I had to use small brushes to put oil in the narrow areas. Overall, I am very happy with it.

 

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Information on these two pieces I completed in August/September 2015:

Size of wood: 3/4 inch thick x 3 ½ inch wide x 12 inch long.

Type of wood: Birch.

Style of carving: Relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 12 hours on each piece.

Tools used: I used mostly my new Foredom flexshaft. Occasionally, I used hand tools for detail work.

Finishing/staining: one layer of combination of Tung oil, Danish Oil, Boiled Linseed Oil, oil stains, and neutral stain. One layer of Tru-Oil Gunstock Finish.

Additional notes: I will use some of these patterns for a big project I am carving, which is in the form of panels to be installed on a framed-door.


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Information on this piece I completed in July 2015:

Size of wood: 2 inch thick x 8 inch wide x 11 ½ inch long.

Type of wood: Basswood.

Style of carving: Relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 32 hours.

Tools used: Power tools for roughing out and hand tools for detail.

Finishing/staining: two layers of combination of Tung oil, Danish Oil, Boiled Linseed Oil, oil stains, and neutral stain. I sanded it with 400 grit sandpaper and the buffed it.


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Information on this piece I completed in May 2015:

Size of wood: 2 inch thick x 11 inch wide x 11 ½ inch long.

Type of wood: Basswood.

Style of carving: Relief carving.

Number of hours to finish (including free-hand drawing): Approximately 28 hours.

Tools used: Power tools for roughing out and hand tools for detail.

Finishing/staining: two layers of combination of Tung oil, Danish Oil, Boiled Linseed Oil, oil stains, and neutral stain. I sanded it with 400 grit sandpaper and the buffed it.


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