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  • Cottonwood Condo

    I guess the bark carving bug has really hit me. I haven't worked on other carvings for most of the last 9 months other than bark...here is a piece I figured I have between 65-70 hours in designing and carving. This piece is about 4" thick and 20" long.

    It posed some challenges, but I persevered! The steps start at the bottom and disappear around the back, then reappear to go up to the level of the door.

    The 'construction' of the house depicts stone block masonry, brick masonry, wood planks, shake shingles and flagstone on the flat surfaces. It features a curved window above the door.

    The 'Penthouse Suite' has a wood burning fireplace!

    I applied two coats of Minwax 209 natural stain, followed up by one coat of Neutral Meltonian shoe cream. After the cream had dried for 24 hours, I buffed it off and it gives a very nice satin sheen.

    Hope you all enjoy!
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    Last edited by tbox61; 06-28-2022, 11:54 AM.

  • #2
    Great looking carving. Very creative. Well Done.
    We live in the land of the free because of the brave! Semper Fi
    https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

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    • #3
      Hi,Bob, Your Creative Juices were flowing on this Piece. Great all round Job . Merle

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      • #4
        Looks like fun!

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        • #5
          Nice carving, composition and detail. The flow is great also.
          Bill
          Living among knives and fire.

          http://www.texaswoodartist.com

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          • #6
            Like your detai\l! CW is easy to carve but sometime the detail you would like just keeps flavking a way from you , but you seem to hold it well, great job
            . . .JoeB

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            • #7
              Fantasty. Pure fantasy. Very realistic finish. My first reaction was that I'd expect to see that in a library. Just came to me, don't know why.

              No people. A concept that I was taught many decades ago, doing large format B&W landscape photography. By leaving people out of the scene, it allows the viewer to imagine that they are the first, alone, to see that place.

              In your carving, I get to stand on each floor and gaze out the windows. Nobody there to break my train of thought. That's really well done.
              Brian T

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              • #8
                fantastic job on the bark condo, very nice.
                Mark N. Akers
                My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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                • #9
                  Beautiful job, makes me dizzy thinking about falling down those stairs.
                  If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

                  www.spokanecarvers.com

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                  • #10
                    Outstanding work, very nicely detailed.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks everyone for the kind comments!

                      When I was a kid, my summers would be taken up by breaking down cardboard boxes and 'rebuilding' houses, forts, etc. for my GI Joes, (Not much to do during the hot summers on the farm in the 60's as a 7 year old!!).

                      This new medium takes me back to my youth, and I can be as creative as my mind will allow! My finishing method is a combination of my own and what Rick Jensen does on his carvings. The shoe cream is really amazing.

                      It is really addictive!!!

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                      • #12
                        That is a beautiful bark carving!

                        Claude
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                        • #13
                          Very cool and well done. I agree with Brian that it you can stare at it and get lost day dreaming. Amazing.
                          Anders.
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                          • #14
                            Really neat, brings to mind all sorts of stories!

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                            • #15
                              Bob, that is thoughtfully designed and beautifully carved. Congratulations on a fine fantasy piece. I have a piece of bark my brother gave me a couple of years ago, but I haven't been able to decide what to do with it. You've inspired me to give it another look!
                              Arthur

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