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    Have not posted here in quite a while. I’ve been carving for close to 50 years.
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  • #2
    Beautiful work, love the eyes, nose, cheeks..just all of it! Is it someone you know?

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    • #3
      No one I know. This was a demonstration piece I used in a class I taught . I finished it after the class.

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      • #4
        Wow! good job, John!
        Herb

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        • #5
          Amazing work, John and fabulous details and composition.
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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          • #6
            Beautiful carving, John. The face is a great fit for the wood. Thanks for sharing, let's see more!
            Arthur

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            • #7
              The amount of detail you got in the Cottonwood Bark, is exceptional. Well done sir. Can I ask, how do you finish before applying your finish?
              . . .JoeB

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              • #8
                Very nice John. Did you use a stain?
                Joe

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                • #9
                  Wow! Beautiful work!

                  Claude
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                  • #10
                    Surface preparation before painting: a little lite sanding with 220 or 240 grit sandpaper. Doesn’t take much if you use the right size & shape tools to carve with.

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                    • #11
                      My finishing process:
                      I put the boiled linseed on first and let it dry 24 hours. Then I do what ever painting I want next. An acrylic wash coat is simply acrylic paint thinned way down with water. Because it is so thin don’t load your brush up with to much of the paint because it will run Into areas that you don’t want to it to. First coat may not show much color at all. Dry it with a blow dryer (wife’s discarded hair dryer works). Apply another coat and dry again. As you keep added coats you will see the color develop. The idea is to not have a heavy paint build up, plus it will allow some wood grain to show through the paint. it comes close to a stain but the intensity of color is more controllable by the number of coats you apply. Then I spray the lacquer and let it dry overnight. Next apply the wax and let it dry overnight before buffing. You can speed up drying time with the hair dryer but keep in mind how the wood might respond to a lot oh heat. Better to be patient that having a cracked carving.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks John. I wouldn't have guessed acrylic paint. I use that all the time. I will try your recipe on some bark carving soon.
                        Yes this is a good place to post your response. I always check here. Thanks again.
                        Joe

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                        • #13
                          Fantastic. Great details and finish.

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                          • #14
                            Now that is a beautiful piece of carving and finishing. Well done. The finish is exceptional and I read your method with great interest.

                            Bob
                            Before they slip me over the standing part of the fore sheet, let them pipe: "Up Spirits" one more time.

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