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  • Cypress Knee Santa.

    This one is a little something new for me. I almost always carve basswood, but earlier this summer I met up with a fellow forum member ( Scotia Carver) and he gave me a cypress knee. I had heard about them here on the forum, but had never actually seen one let alone carve one. So after putting it off as long as I could I sharpened up the old Stanley #199 and went at it. This was completely new territory for me when it came to carving, burning highlights, sanding and painting; but with a few emails and some advice from Scotia Carver I managed to hack this fellow out . He is 14\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" high ,painted with washes of acrylic and finished with a coat of Lee Valley\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Tried & True . Hope you like him
    Wayne
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    If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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    Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

    Nice work!
    Claude
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    • #3
      Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

      He is a cool one Wayne, how did it compare to carving basswood?
      I like his stance, and his arms down, likeit is a really heavy bag.

      Tom
      If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

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      • #4
        Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

        Hi Soggy, Pretty good job, never know that you were in new territory. He will be enjoyed for years to come. Merle

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        • #5
          Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

          Originally posted by Tom Ellis View Post
          He is a cool one Wayne, how did it compare to carving basswood?
          I like his stance, and his arms down, likeit is a really heavy bag.

          Tom
          I guess the short answer is ;....I prefer basswood .. The cypress seemed to be much softer than basswood and required VERY sharp knives to work it . Although I have only seem a very few examples of Tupelo the cypress sort of reminded me of that. When I used my burner to highlight him before painting, I had to use a lower temperature than I usually do with basswood, and the odor kinda reminds one of burning socks..........yuck !!
          As for painting and finish I didn\'t notice any difference.
          I guess this review makes me an X-spurt now? .....LOL
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          • #6
            Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

            Ok Soggy, thanks, the burning socks turned me off. Will stick to basswood.........Tom
            If I took the time to fix all my mistakes, I wouldn,t have time to make new ones.

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            • #7
              Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

              Hi Wayne
              I knew you would do a great job with your trusty \"STANLEY\", now I am going have find something new for you carve in, see ya in a couple of weeks
              Bruce

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              • #8
                Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

                Nice carving. I like the way he finished up.
                Carve On,
                Kadiddle

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                • #9
                  Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

                  a winner,, I especially like the eyes for some reason or other.
                  Denny

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                  • #10
                    Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

                    Soggy, You did yourself proud, He is a Grinner for sure. I have carved four things in cypress knees and your right sharp knives a definite plus. Good job. . .JoeB
                    . . .JoeB

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

                      Nice job, Soggy! My youngest son brought me a milk crate full of cypress knees averaging about 8-10\" tall that I\'m trying to figure out how I want to carve. I think I may follow your lead with a Santa, or maybe a wizard or gnome to start with. They\'re so pretty I kind of hate to cut them!
                      Arthur

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

                        That just gave me an idea for what to do with my old dirty socks! Terrific job Soggy...nice carving and super painting!
                        Keep On Carvin'
                        Bob K.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Cypress Knee Santa.

                          Great job, its fun to try something new every now and then.

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                          • #14
                            Very nice Soggy
                            Thanks,
                            Greg

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                            • #15
                              Hey Waynet
                              I know this a tear later but you an "Stanley " really excelled with this project, don't you want another half doxen knees to play with ?
                              Bruce

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