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    I just uploaded into "Carver Galleries" a couple of photos of my latest effort. I have been working on this piece (Harley Schmitgen roughout), off and on, for a couple of years now.

    It is basswood, mounted on a cedar slab, painted with acrylics and finished with deft (liquid wax)/burnt umber and measuring 23" by 17". The cedar slab was finished with pure tung oil mixed at 2:1 with mineral spirits. I carved the feathers (red-tail hawk, great-horned owl, immature golden eagle) from tupelo as inserts. Fur and hair were gouged with V tool, then #11/2, #11/1 and then burned. Feather veins were burned.

    I am not a "people" carver, so only worked on this one when the mood struck me. This guy is at the end of a hard season and late in his career. (Just like me!)

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    Paul,

    Beautiful carving! The realism in the man and the horse is right on.

    Chris.

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    • #3
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      Pual that is a wonderful carving. I love the detail that you put in it. And id I say that the paint job is beautiful.

      Dylan

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      • #4
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        Looks like they both been "rode hard and put away wet"!! LOL good job!
        "Lif iz lik a box "o" choc lets, ya nevr kno whut yull git!"

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        • #5
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          Paul, great job, that's a wonderful carving! I really like your choice for the base too! Looks like you should fit a couple more 'people' into the 'late part of your career'...you definitely still have what it takes!! Deborah

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            Paul, that is an absolutly beautiful peice of work! It gives the feeling of trudging through a blizzard on a high mountain.............well doneThumbs Up

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            • #7
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              Great use of the shape of the wood! Wonderful paint as well.
              Thanks for showing it to us. The fact that it took years is interesting. Maybe there is hope for the growing pile of unfinished pieces I have started.
              Thor
              Steve

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              • #8
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                Paul,
                Very nice! Keep up the good work!
                Are you in that new house that you were building yet?
                Wade

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                • #9
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                  Really nice Paul. You said you wasn't a people carver but ya sure done fooled me!

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                  • #10
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                    Paul: very good job on carving and painting,enjoyed seeing it on the site.
                    Mark N. Akers
                    My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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                      Quote: This guy is at the end of a hard season and late in his career. (Just like me!)

                      Hi Paul, Such a wonderful portrayal of a mountain man and his horse. As the other's have mentioned I too think you did a wonderful carving and painting job.
                      I love your last sentence and it could hold true for a lot of us too.
                      Kathy

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                      • #12
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                        ...excellent job Paul!
                        When I cut myself, I bleed sawdust!
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                        • #13
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                          First class work Paul. Very well done. That's a keeper for the family for sure.

                          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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                          • #14
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                            Good carving and composition .......it should be the first of many!!

                            Jax.
                            WOOD IS WONDERFUL!

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                              Paul,

                              Nice job, with all the carvings you put out, I don't think your bike gets much riding time? Keep up the great work.

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