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  • #16
    I kept looking at them, again, and again, and still wonder to myself
    what a 'fantastic' job of 'carving art'!
    Oscar

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    • #17
      Originally posted by jderijcke View Post
      hi
      an exposition with this subject will start soon in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum). See link to an announcement on public TV in Flanders. Images speak for themselves if you don't understand dutch:
      HI
      I went to see that exposition in Amsterdam. EXCEPTIONNAL! FABULOUS!
      In the catalogue I found this reference. You can see the collection in detail :
      Explore stunning gothic boxwood miniature carvings that have captured the imaginations of their owners and viewers for almost 500 years. This resource presents every known example of these carvings, documented with stunning new photography that allows...
      Jos
      Belgium

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      • #18
        I'm bringing this back to life since I found one that is a bit more interesting.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGyBfIORzgE

        Bob L

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        • #19
          Bob, thank you for posting that...it is an amazing piece of work.
          Arthur

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          • #20
            Wow. Quite some doodad!
            HonketyHank toot toot

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            • #21
              Such detail this is beyond amazing. Is almost unbelievable. Incredible work.

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              • #22
                I did a cigar store Indian under a magnifying glass back in the 90s..a lil over an inch tall.I won't try that again.I can't imagine something with as much detail as I see here.

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                • #23
                  There is a tribe of carvers using carpenter's graphite pencils as carving media.
                  One was from the UK, had been a member here with stunning accomplishments
                  that we saw, pre-hack.
                  A child's "Primary Printer" is a large, easily grasped, first pencil for learning to print and write.
                  Those leads are suitable as well.
                  Brian T

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                  • #24
                    Incredible work!!!!

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                    • #25
                      I hate to think of the hours that went into making that piece, The detail is just out of this world. I just can't imagine how they got such fine detail. Think it must be very hard wood. I don't think I could come close to doing it with modern tools. Then ask your self how they did it with the tools of the day.

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                      • #26
                        European Boxwood has a Janka Hardness of 2840; osage orange is 2620 and Mesquite is 2340, so definitely a HARD wood.

                        ...and they did these carvings without power tools!!!

                        Claude
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                        • #27
                          16th Century means that these were done in the 1500's. Imagine the little flakes of iron that would have been designed for this work. And the precise sharpening needed. I find it hard to imagine the motivation for such delicacy.
                          Brian T

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                          • #28
                            The dating would place this work very close to when Grinling Gibbons was doing his amazing floral, musical instrument, bird & animal works. We don't have examples of his tools either.

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