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  1. This was inspired by a photograph on the website of the National Galleries of Scotland - https://www.nationalgalleries.org/art-and-artists/48678/kestrel The artist is Mary Syme Boyd - the carving was done in c.1936. The simplicity of the piece and the sense of menace and power really struck me. My version is about 10 inches high - I used American Walnut. It took me ages. Having gotten the rough shape, I stalled for a few months - anxious about where to start on the detail. I was thrown by the tapering nature - it's like an hour glass. Finally, I decided to start in t
  2. Just exquisite. Reminded me of John Ruskin's Venetian sketches - unfinished yet poignant.
  3. Thanks Peter Thanks Heidi - funny you should mention a landscape painting. that's something else I am working on for our bedroom-current idea is a line of birches with the sun rising behind to match the silver/green/grey colour scheme of the room - I might share the result with you if it's any good. Thanks again for your comments. Kind regards David
  4. Hello this is one I have been working on since Christmas - just a guy drinking tea. it is a copy of a something I saw in a magazine advert for some Chinese hotel - I have used American Cherry - the real thing sits in the hotel foyer, is made of bronze (I think) and is huge I just like the sense of calm / serenity / simplicity I could work further on the detail but I have decided to keep it uncomplicated I was trying for the elusive chatoyance - got it now and again but the lustre soon faded This was a distraction from a Maltese falcon type pie
  5. I have been playing a lot of chess recently and thought I would try making my own pieces. I am still testing out various designs and woods None of what are shown are the finished article The clenched fist for the Rook (stronghold...hmm) and the praying hands for the Bishop are my ideas although probably already dreamt up elsewhere The other designs are based on / influenced by what I've seen on the Web The King and 2nd Bishop are based on the Lewis Chess Men. Great fun and very satisfying I hope you like them too David
  6. Hello Ed, Janel, Yuri it's been some time since I contributed here ...and I cannot blame Facebook as I'm not on it! I have been dipping into TCP for help from the archives and simple curiosity looking at other people's work I have been carving on and off and will post some photos to the appropriate page In the meantime look at this link for some inspiration - well, it inspired me -its a kestrel carving by a Scottish artist done 1939 I think - very clean lines, looks so simple but ...well you know https://www.nationalgalleries.org/collection/simple-search/b/artist/mary-syme-bo
  7. Janel You have a remarkable website. For me, who has no-one to talk to directly about carving, it provides: comradeship encouragement and guidance inspiration and fascination As a beginner, I do not feel comfortable opining on other people's work - however, I look forward to every new photograph that is posted. Your's is a fabulous site. Keep up the great work. Thank you. Kind regards David
  8. Colin, Duncs - thanks. My current rate of productivity is 2 or 3 a year - so, little time for perfecting technique. I will keep going anyway. I did use a photo - as you say, this is not ideal. Duncs - i liked your cat - very well proportioned. David
  9. My third attempt at a big cat - I am much happier with this one but still a long way to go... regards to all especially the new members david
  10. Thank you. It is saple, I believe. Just natural light through the window. The result was more good fortune than design, I must confess. David.
  11. Same fish, same photographer (!), better camera. David.
  12. You are both quite correct - I will try again (or, rather, get my son to do it!) David.
  13. Hello some fish in very silky saple. David
  14. Happy Christmas everyone. This has taken me a while. It is largely based on a terracotta piece by Foggini who was a Medici sculptor. The wood is jelutong. Warm regards to all. David.
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