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    This is a relief cross I just finished for a charity auction. It's about 9" x 12", bark on sides, carved ivy top and bottom. It's a rustic take on a "Tree of Life Cross." Background is garnet shellac; cross is edged in gold. Ivy and tree are finished with layered shades of green with darker veins, antiqued and then coated with a crackle finish rubbed with a fruitwood stain to bring out the spidering and mute the color. Colors in photo are a little off, but best I can do...bark really isn't purple! Cross with ivy (2)_Vivid_ful.jpg
    Last edited by Arthur C.; 08-24-2019, 08:23 PM.
    Arthur

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    Really nice detail, Arthur and a nice composition. Well done.
    Bill
    Living among knives and fire.

    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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    • #3
      Arthur, this is a very striking relieve carving, the coloring really sets it off. should do extremely well at the auction.
      . . .JoeB

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      • #4
        Hi Arthur, still got your Imagination working I see . Very well done and has Eye Appeal . The Charity will keep you in mind for their next Auction . That's a Money maker . Merle

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        • #5
          The recessed areas around the tree and inside the cross must have been a challenge. Nice work!

          Arthur: At a recent fund-raiser we won a week in a time-share. We will be down your way (New Orleans) in March 2020.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pallin View Post
            The recessed areas around the tree and inside the cross must have been a challenge. Nice work!

            Arthur: At a recent fund-raiser we won a week in a time-share. We will be down your way (New Orleans) in March 2020.
            Yes, Phil, the background within the cross is a challenge, but I've done enough tight relief work that I just get it done without a second thought...of course, having the micro gouges is a must!

            New Orleans is actually my birthplace, but my family moved from there to a beachfront property on the Mississippi Gulf Coast when I was two years old. I'm about an hour and a half away from there now...seldom go there nowadays...Hope you enjoy your stay, but avoid the French Quarter after dark...high crime area, but the tourism folks won't admit it. You'll be OK during daylight hours.
            Arthur

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            • #7
              Beautiful work, Arther!

              Phil: I live about 50 miles outside N.O. I agree with Arthur - stay out of the French Quarter at night. Beignets at Cafe du Monde are a must. Many good restaurants. Pork Debris Eggs Benedict at Palace Cafe on Sundays for brunch. Fried seafood at Deanies, if you want huge portions. Since you're in a time share, Rouse's Markets is a good local chain for groceries (great beer selection, also).

              Claude
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Claude View Post
                Beautiful work, Arther!

                Phil: I live about 50 miles outside N.O. I agree with Arthur - stay out of the French Quarter at night. Beignets at Cafe du Monde are a must. Many good restaurants. Pork Debris Eggs Benedict at Palace Cafe on Sundays for brunch. Fried seafood at Deanies, if you want huge portions. Since you're in a time share, Rouse's Markets is a good local chain for groceries (great beer selection, also).

                Claude
                Phil, Claude's recommendations are right on. I would add Drago's for grilled oysters, Pascal's Manale Restaurant for great Italian food and barbecued shrimp. More good places to eat than you can count, and some are high end while others are very unpretentious neighborhood places. You will gain weight, that's a given!
                Arthur

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Arthur C. View Post

                  Phil, Claude's recommendations are right on. I would add Drago's for grilled oysters, Pascal's Manale Restaurant for great Italian food and barbecued shrimp. More good places to eat than you can count, and some are high end while others are very unpretentious neighborhood places. You will gain weight, that's a given!
                  Drago's is supposed to be great for the oysters, but I always go to Acme Oyster House for the char-grilled oysters. Acme's Beef Debris Po'Boy sandwich is the best use of beef I think I've ever found...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Claude View Post

                    Drago's is supposed to be great for the oysters, but I always go to Acme Oyster House for the char-grilled oysters. Acme's Beef Debris Po'Boy sandwich is the best use of beef I think I've ever found...
                    Yep, I didn't think of Acme, but they are good, too! I have a weakness for their fried shrimp, but haven't tried the Debris yet...next on my list! Mother's in N.O. used to have a great debris poboy, but I haven't been there for years.
                    Arthur

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Arthur C. View Post

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                      Mother's in N.O. used to have a great debris poboy, but I haven't been there for years.
                      We haven't been for 4-5 years either, but was always good. Another, if you like Lebanese food, is Mona's

                      Claude

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                      • #12
                        Hey, thanks to you both for your recommendations regarding New Orleans. We have a local restaurant specializing in N.O. food, so we can have Beignets even here in Ventura.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pallin View Post
                          Hey, thanks to you both for your recommendations regarding New Orleans. We have a local restaurant specializing in N.O. food, so we can have Beignets even here in Ventura.
                          Phil, it'll be interesting to hear what you think of the restaurant in Ventura after you've had the real thing!
                          Arthur

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