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    Folks,
    I had my second back surgery since last August on May 11th, so I have been able to do nothing but wood carving this past month. This time I had a fusion, so I will be in a brace for 2 more months, and then another 3 months of no bending, lifting or twisting. It hurts my pride to sit in the shade and carve while my wife mows the lawn, but guess that is how it has to be!

    I am sharing some pics of the stuff I am working on now. I modified Mike Shipley's 'Odie' character and put him in a hillbilly Santa hat and clothes...need to paint him up, but he is one laid back Kris Kringle!

    The other pictures are of a bear nativity I am working on. Using Mike Shipley again as my motivation, I modified Pa and Ma Bear patterns into Mary and Joseph. I have Joseph about done and will post pics as I get him finished. The 'Mary' bear is still in a blank and have to get working on her.

    For the Baby Jesus bear, I found a resin bear in a gift shop in Grand Lake, Colorado that I liked. I brought him home, put him on my Sketch Wizard and made a front and side pattern. I then carved him in the Shipley Country bear style, and think he turned out pretty good.

    For the manger, I took a branch from a pine tree we trimmed in our yard, and figured that a bear needs a hollowed log for a resting place! I still have some work to do on this, as I already chipped a bent gouge trying to hollow this...think it may be a job for the Foredom!

    Will be posting some more of my work as I turn it out...can't do anything else this summer!
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    Last edited by tbox61; 06-12-2018, 09:24 AM.

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    Hi TBOX, Good work , they are going to be Welcomed a Christmas . Merle

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    • #3
      That's an unfortunate way to get some carving time, but it looks like you've been making the best of it. I'm also a fan of Mike Shipley and really like the way you've taken his style up a notch,...... that's a good touch!.
      oh, by the way ...... nice 8 pointer on the wall. It looks like you and I have more in common than woodcarving...
      Hope you recuperate soon .
      Wayne
      If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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      • #4
        Wayne and Merle...thanks for the kind words...you are right, I would rather be doing other things that sitting on my behind with an ice pack on my back!

        Wayne...that is a 140 class Kansas whitetail...last one my dad shot before he passed in 1977. Biggest bodied deer I have ever seen in person...weighed 220# field dressed.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tbox61 View Post
          Wayne and Merle...thanks for the kind words...you are right, I would rather be doing other things that sitting on my behind with an ice pack on my back!

          Wayne...that is a 140 class Kansas whitetail...last one my dad shot before he passed in 1977. Biggest bodied deer I have ever seen in person...weighed 220# field dressed.
          The way I look it .....honestly, it is often bad times like this when I get lots of carving in.....like my sister says....God sat your butt down so you will do your artwork. Oh yea love that santa...totally cute.

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          • #6
            Dileon...thank you! My experience is nothing like what you have endured! If it wouldn't be for a good book and wood carving, I would go stir crazy!

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            • #7
              If going to be shut down, what a better way than making chips fly, or maybe just flutter. Sure hope thing go well with the back, never had surgery, should have, but∙∙∙∙
              Like your carvings
              . . .JoeB

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              • #8
                That's a pretty extreme way to get out of mowing the lawn but as long as it's working for ya make the best of it! I'm a Mike Shipley fan too and I like the modifications you're making to his designs. BTW...that deer head you carved hanging on the wall almost looks real!
                Keep On Carvin'
                Bob K.

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                • #9
                  Best of luck on your recovery tbox. Think you've done a fine job on your carving time filler. My wife won't let me near 'her' lawn. Says I butcher it every time I take the mower out. She never asked if I did that on purpose or if I was just naturally inept. I ain't never told her why I'm so bad at it! Some things are just best left unsaid!!!

                  Tinwood

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                  • #10
                    Good luck on the recovery. Sounds like you have the mental part whipped, so just follow doctor's orders on physical. Carvings look great!

                    Claude
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                    • #11
                      Great looking carvings! Especially the deer. Good luck with the recovery.
                      Terry

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