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  • Gnome house...first attempt!

    I needed a break from carving what I have been carving, so I picked up a piece of cottonwood bark for the first time. I have had Rick Jensen's book and DVD for a while, and got both of them out and brushed them off and started on this little piece.

    When I say little, it is 2 1/2" thick, 2 1/4" wide, and about 8" long. My next work of art is definitely going to be larger for my old eyes!

    It had a natural 'chimney', so I started with that, worked on the roof, the front, the steps, and just last evening, gave the little feller a basement! Below and to the left of the steps in the picture is going to be another subterranean window like on the opposite side. Will also give him a large window on the large wall to the right of the door.

    I have a lot of learning to do, but I am under the tutelage of a guy in our carving club who has a great imagination and lots of experience carving bark.

    A couple of observations about carving bark...it is really fun and freeing to create something! It is super messy, and make sure you have a bottle of your favorite super glue handy to repair mistakes.

    I am also using some of my re-purposed pocket knives and a separate set of skew chisels, gouges and v-tools for carving bark. Don't want to have to mess up my good tools I use for basswood.

    Hope you enjoy, and will post the final pics of when it is finally ready for the little guy to 'move in'!!
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    Last edited by tbox61; 12-20-2019, 09:53 AM.

  • #2
    Perfect!

    Tinwood

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    • #3
      Very nice carving and always fun to branch out into the unknown, tbox61. Me? I doubt it.
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      • #4
        Looking good so far!

        Claude
        My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudesWoodCarving/

        My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

        My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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        • #5
          Told you all I would update you when I got this finished, and here are the pictures! I put another window on the 'lower level', and then finished the roof and put the bricks in the chimney! I textured the shingles on the roof with a small stainless steel brush.

          I was pretty pleased with my first attempt! Guess it was so good, my wife attached herself to it and spirited it away for a wall hanging...she did veto the large window I was going to carve on the one wall...other than that, it turned out better than I expected

          Hope you all enjoy!
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          Last edited by tbox61; 12-31-2019, 10:22 AM.

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          • #6
            Never know it's your First . Good work . Happy New Year. Merle

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            • #7
              Nice carving tbox.

              Tinwood

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              • #8
                Nice bark house tbox. That bark is fun to carve and I'll bet you will want to do some more.
                Joe

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                • #9
                  Nice detail work!

                  Claude
                  My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudesWoodCarving/

                  My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/

                  My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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                  • #10
                    excellant. i hope my first one turns out half that good.
                    Denny

                    photos at........ http://wiscoden.jimdo.com/

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