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  • Trying to find Desire to finish this Guy

    5" x3" x1.5" , Basswood , started him about 1 to 2 years ago , kept getting side tracked by other Carvings and now I need to get the Desire to finish him . I usually Carve Faces on the Corner but wanted to try carving on the Flat . Visually their is a difference . Got Pattern from Christmas Card . Got him all set up in Vise and waiting for the Desire to hit . I've been in this stage before as I think Everyone has and feel it's normal and Desire will return. I usually Sharpen my Tools but they are still Sharp from the last time I was in this Mood . Ha,Ha. Merle IMG_0004.JPGIMG_0005.JPGIMG_0006.JPG

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    I'm with you, Merle. Most carving projects have several phases - concept, pattern development, rough out, detailing, finish. Each can have some excitement or satisfaction. Some can be obstacles to moving on to completion. There are times when I have to tell myself that a few slices with my tools represent progress. Can you visualize the project in its final setting? The pleasure is someone's eyes (if it is intended as a gift.) Courage! Phil

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    • #3
      I like the possibility that I'm seeing a carving with a totally textured surface.
      Make all the final chips exactly the same size.

      Agreed, there are spells when "desire" is in very short supply. I've learned to live with it.
      Brian T

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      • #4
        I empathize, Merle. If the spark of motivation leaves a work, I just table it for a while, return, and if still no desire the trash gets it.
        Bill
        Living among knives and fire.

        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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        • #5
          Certainly the more we have invested in a project (10 hours, 100 hours) , the more difficult it is to give it up. This should not be an argument for doing only short projects.

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          • #6
            What the heck Merle, Just looking at this fine carving would be enough to build the desire to finish him to me. Just a little more "V" & he would be ready for a finish of your choice.
            . . .JoeB

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            • #7
              Hi Phil, your right about just a Few Slices with the Tool . That is what will get me started again . Seeing that first Slice might lead to another , and then another , and etc. . I'll finish him in time that's for sure , Patience . Thanks for your commenting . Merle

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              • #8
                Hi Brian , I'm living with it . Thanks Merle

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                • #9
                  Hi 807 , the Carving doesn't have me stumped , it's just that I don't feel like making Chips . Their is no doubt that I will finish him , hope before Christmas . Ha,Ha. Always good to hear your input . Merle

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                  • #10
                    Hi Phil , I probably have about 12 hrs. into this Guy and about 10 more before he's done and not about to Scrap him yet . Thank You for your Thoughts . Merle

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                    • #11
                      Hi Joe , His Face needs to be moved back about 1/8 " to make his Nose longer , if you notice the Flat Spot on the end of his Nose , that will give me wood to round it off. The Rough Out is finished , now the Fun part in Detailing needs to be done . I'm just not in the Mood to have Fun yet . Ha,Ha. Thanks for your Encouraging Words. Merle

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                      • #12
                        Well Merle, A little Southern Comfort may help, and the fact that there are only 38 carvings days left till Christmas. Just pretend he is going on a walking stick.
                        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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                        • #13
                          How about adding some wood on top of the nose?

                          When I discovered the need for more wood for the heads of these chameleons, it was much easier to glue it on:

                          Chameleons.jpg
                          Last edited by pallin; 11-18-2019, 03:16 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Hi Tom , Ha,Ha, with some Southern Comfort he would probably end up as something a lot different than what he started out to be , probably a Tooth Pick . 38 days is probably just the time that I will need . Ha,Ha. Every morning I have intentions of starting to finish him , but then I don't feel like it . It's become a problem in my mind and starting to Irritate me , so might as well get it finished . Maybe tomorrow ? Ha,Ha. Thanks Tom , may take your Advise . Merle

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                            • #15
                              Hi Phil , never thought of that , I'll check it out . Thanks for getting me started to think again . Merle

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