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  • Santa, from Start to Finish

    Finished this Santa recently and sent it off to a customer.

    I started with a sketch on a block of wood, then cut it out on the bandsaw. This block is 3 x 6 x 12 inches.

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    The biggest time consumer of the project is getting rid of the waste wood.

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    I didn't take photos of the santa clamped to my workbench so I could use by gouges on it. Because of the relative smallness of the feet I didn't try to fasten it to my Eli vise; just clamped it down on the workbench with a couple of "F" clamps.

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    As you can see, I already started adding some details. I left his right arm and hand to last, as it is mostly cross-grain and thus weaker. Still have to work on the boots and put some more clothing folds in.

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    Carving is now complete.

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    Time to start painting.

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    Finished Santa.

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  • #2
    Nice WIP progress photos Claude. Good looking Santa too!

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    • #3
      Hi, Claude, you make it look so easy. Another Satisfied Customer I'm sure. Very Well Done. Merle

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      • #4
        Great tutorial, Claude. As a Santa carver i am apt to follow it
        Herb

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        • #5
          No surprises here, just some more of your fine carving
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Nice job Claude. I'm sure whatever you charged wasn't enough.
            Anders.
            ‚Äčhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/BlackBladesNW

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            • #7
              Great looking Santa, and nice to see the progress.

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              • #8
                Excellent work Claude! Very nice tutorial!

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                • #9
                  Claude, thanks you for sharing this WIP. The santa is great and very nice, like it.

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                  • #10
                    Great carving Claude!.... should be one very happy customer when they see that...
                    If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...

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                    • #11
                      Wow Claude, what a beautiful Santa, very well done.
                      Mark N. Akers
                      My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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                      • #12
                        Great pose Claude. A classic. Nice carving.
                        Carve On,
                        Kadiddle

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                        • #13
                          Great looking Santa Claude! Looks like the classic Coca Cola Santa. Kudos my friend!
                          Steve
                          Steve Reed - Carvin' in the flatlands!

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                          • #14
                            Very nice carving, Claude! The paint looks nice and crisp too, but please tell me the "Coca-Cola" on the bottle is a decal of sorts or I will forever be envious of your lettering ability.

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                            • Claude
                              Claude commented
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                              Printed on regular paper, cut out, then decoupaged onto the carving. My hands shake too much to even think of lettering like that nowadays.

                          • #15
                            Well done Claude an awesome Santa!!!!!

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