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    I got inspired by one of the threads Mark had started showing how to carve leaves. Well this is my first ever carving with leaves. I overlapped oak leaves onto this woodspirit for a different effect. He is made of birch and standing over 4 ft. I must say, carving leaves takes time. Next time I will spend more time sanding them to get a smoother effect.
    Patrick

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    I met this fella in '63. He lived near the railroad, as I recall...would have froze to death if it wasn't for a deep pile of leaves.... Nicely done!
    Wade

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    • #3
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      hi patrick. what a lot of work with these many leaves. and they really do look like leaves. very well done. i particular like the upper part of his face, how the leaves accentuate the shapes of brow, and nose, or rather it is more that the nose is made from a leaf. this i like very much, nice design, and nice carving...

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      • #4
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        Yes Patrick,, I see a shift in your carving,the style, technique,finish,composition,,nicely done!Besides the frustration ( it's a good thing,,you're being challenged!) did it feel different ,or your experience of your carving seem different with this piece. As I said the frustration is a good thing,,that's how you strengthen your "carving muscles".Just like lifting weights,,if you never increase the weight ( frustration) you'll never get stronger.You just added weight to your carvings.You've probably learned more here than you realize.Good job!

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        • #5
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          nice work Thumbs Up I like him

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          • #6
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            Patrick:
            Very nice job on the woodspirit,keep them coming.What kind of wood did you use?
            Mark N. Akers
            My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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            • #7
              Re: Leafy Woodspirit

              patrick,

              very good job on leaf work, i like the effect it has on the woodspirit.

              bart

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              • #8
                Re: Leafy Woodspirit

                Thanks everyone.

                Mark Y - the concept of putting the leaves on this guy was quite simple. I basically carved out a wood spirit like I normally do and I then took my parting tool and carved out leaves...then brought them to the surface one at a time. It's a shame you can't see the beard better as that's where the layering really shows. Here are two more pics of that area...yet the pics don't show the level of depth. I plan on doing some smaller carvings with the same idea. I will cut down on the number of leaves as it kind of overwhelms the look I'm going for. If I get really ambitious, I'll incorporate some different type of leaves.

                Mark A - the wood is white birch. I typically use yellow or white as the wood takes oil well and gives it a golden brown color.

                Patrick

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                • #9
                  Re: Leafy Woodspirit

                  Addicting aren't they? I have been playing with the leafs on my birdhouse as I loved the effect it has on the carvings. So much fun to do too! You can see what I have done with the birdhouses on my homepage if your bored. :-)
                  They are never boring.
                  Thanks for sharing-wonderful job!
                  Krum

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                  • #10
                    Re: Leafy Woodspirit

                    Nice job Patric,never saw a green man in a tree before must have been hiding I like it. FEB

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