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    It dawned on me this afternoon that I'm getting way ahead of myself and I'd better spend a couple of days painting instead of carving. Two doctors, one nurse, and some dude in a jacket and tie. Of course they're all bears. What else would they be from Eddy-Smiles!
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    You bears are always a delight Eddy.
    Joe

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    • #3
      Nice collection of bears, Eddy, and how do you highlight your cut edges? Dry brush and light sanding or...?
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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      • #4
        Oh yes Eddy, I have to paint if I get more then 2 carvings finished, with me its a phobia.
        Mark N. Akers
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        • #5
          Your bears cheer me up, Eddy!
          Herb

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          • #6
            Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
            Nice collection of bears, Eddy, and how do you highlight your cut edges? Dry brush and light sanding or...?
            Burner.... I'm not sure that I understand the question. I haven't applied or really done anything to them yet except wash them in Dawn. Only two have been carved out of the same kind of wood. Two are northern basswood. One is southern basswood. and one is Jelutong. The next step is to paint them with full strength acrylic due to the variates in wood color.

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            • #7
              The bear on the left has flat plane style carving on the shoes, and the edges of the cuts have highlights. Most people use a light color dry brushing and Linker uses a very light "sanding" to remove the paint and create highlights.
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

              http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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              • #8
                I love the bears.

                Often other carvers ask: "why do you just carve lil' guys (and a few women)". You probably hear the same thing about bears. Well, it's because I'm a social carver, enjoy carving simple figures, and don't care to do more elaborate carvings. And perhaps I know my limitations.

                And while they seem to be the same to the casual observer, I have been improving my carving ability, by concentrating on one type of carving. .

                Keep it up with the bears. I think they're great.
                Last edited by Rodster; 09-20-2022, 11:03 AM.
                Rodster
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                • #9
                  ... Love your bears (all of them). How is carving the jelutong??

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                  • #10
                    All GRINNERS, enjoy looking at them
                    . . .JoeB

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by woodburner807 View Post
                      The bear on the left has flat plane style carving on the shoes, and the edges of the cuts have highlights. Most people use a light color dry brushing and Linker uses a very light "sanding" to remove the paint and create highlights.
                      Technically, all four have "Eddy-Smiles Plane" carving. Over the years I've tried to carve strictly flat plane but somehow I always end up taking the planes off and rounding out the edges. The bear you are referring to was the one carved from Jelutong and the color and grain of the wood varies over the entire piece. I believe that what you are seeing is just the way the light strikes it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Rodster View Post
                        I love the bears.

                        Often other carvers ask: "why do you just carve lil' guys (and a few women)". You probably hear the same thing about bears. Well, it's because I'm a social carver, enjoy carving simple figures, and don't care to do more elaborate carvings. And perhaps I know my limitations.

                        And while they seem to be the same to the casual observer, I have been improving my carving ability, by concentrating on one type of carving. .

                        Keep it up with the bears. I think they're great.
                        "Exactly!".... Thanks Rodster!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by yolli View Post
                          ... Love your bears (all of them). How is carving the jelutong??
                          Yolli...... I'm not an expert in exotic woods and the few pieces of jelutong that I have were a gift from another carver who was thinning out her stock. I have no idea how old the wood was or what conditions it was exposed to as it cured. I found this piece much softer and easier to carve than basswood except that the knife didn't leave as smooth a finish as with the basswood and I had to be extra certain that my blade was sharp. Otherwise it would tear out and leave splinters and fuzzies.

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                          • #14
                            Nice work on all four, Eddy!

                            Claude
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