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    Bob Ross is known for saying that there's no such thing as a mistake just happy accidents. This may qualify. I was using the bottom of one of my practice sticks to carve a face. It turned out good enough that I wanted to continue, but there wasn't any space to continue. I started at the bottom of the block and couldn't continue down. I'd also carved right above my face so I was limited in that direction too. It was time to get creative. I drew a Santa had over the face using my phone software but I wasn't pleased with it. I've found a carving where the head zigzag back and forth so I superimpose that over my carving. I was going to stop there but then I realized I could just add a piece of wood on the bottom to continue the beard. I like the idea of the zigzag hat so I decided to mirror using Santa's beard. I have begun painting but I still have ways to go.
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    Hi Charlie, Good Save . This Hobby got you Thinking and Having Fun . Merle

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    • #3
      yipe, you never want to give up. Sometimes I let my carving marinate overnight then look at it again in the morning. sometimes something pops out at me and other times I let it marinate a little long. your extra effort came out great
      . . .JoeB

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      • #4
        Good job on that, Charlie!

        claude
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        • #5
          Good save and nice work.

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          • #6
            Final product is wonderful!
            Herb

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            • #7
              He came out great Charlie. Keep up the good work.
              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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              • #8
                Very nice job Charlie, looks great.
                Mark N. Akers
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                • #9
                  It's the end result that counts, and I would say that's a keeper for sure
                  If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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                  • #10
                    Great result! I often have to change up my carvings, and have a 1/2 dozen in various states of "what am I gonna do with this"!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks to everyone for their responses. I'm glad I became a member of the WCI forum.

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                      • #12
                        It sure did turn out great.
                        Joe

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                        • #13
                          Happy accidents are the best!

                          I whittled a little raft-paddling, moonshiner gnome for my daughter- I blew the hand/paddle/raft angle so I made a little pillow for him to sit on, and it's my favorite part of a project I wasn't that happy with... ;-)

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                          • #14
                            This is a follow-up to my "Happy Accidents" post. Santa's all but finished. I was going to antique him yesterday, but I was out of gel-stain and the hardware was out of the smaller can. Oh well, on to the next project. I started a cowboy based on WCI's booklet Classic Carved Cowboys
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                            • #15
                              3" Burnt Umber oil paint+100ml mineral oil+200ml BLO, is what I use anymore for antiquing.
                              . . .JoeB

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