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Awesome, Jake! That bear carving is friggin' scary. Cool . . . but scary.

 

Looking forward to seeing the cast bits.

 

Dave

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Here is the rivet block in wax. It's two cave bears facing opposite directions. Almost ready to cast fittings for this piece.

 

bearswrd1.jpg

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That's so cool! I love the deep three dimensional effect you get in your castings.

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Its all looking ever so great Jake. I missed this thread or would have said how exited by all this I am earlier. I love animal skulls (anyone who has visited me will know the macabre stuff dotted around the place)and I am a big Fan of the ones you have done on your other recent work.....Bring it on.

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That is amazing work! If you don't mind me asking what kind of camera do you use to make the video of you carving?

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I am eternally envious and inspired by your ability to draw and carve. It is as if you can just extend your mind out onto the page or into a form. I know the technical skill and sophistication, and I am sort of romanticizing it. Still, you have a true gift, and it is great to see you use it. One of my favorite things in life is watching a truly talented person do what they do best. Thanks for sharing so much of your process with everyone else. Sometimes demystifying something can take away from it, but here, it just adds. The layers of tradition and story behind the work blend art into craft or whatever. Anyway, I love it. This stuff really facilitates the interplay between craftsman and patron that we all hope happens when people buy our work.



Plus, the beautiful and technically-challenging blade from Owen, with the great historical-inspiration, and the fact it came from the Nat Geo show group of stuff. This is just an all-around Kick-Ass project.



forgive the ramble. I have to do this periodically. I can't help it.



thanks for sharing


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thanks Kevin! most days I feel like I can't draw or carve at all— I'm just muddling through. Your words give me hope. It's a funny business, the more I do this the less I feel that I know about it. :)

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thanks Kevin! most days I feel like I can't draw or carve at all— I'm just muddling through. Your words give me hope. It's a funny business, the more I do this the less I feel that I know about it. :)

And that's exactly why you are so good at it. We'll keep watching with awe while you keep muddling :).

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thanks Kevin! most days I feel like I can't draw or carve at all— I'm just muddling through. Your words give me hope. It's a funny business, the more I do this the less I feel that I know about it. :)

 

I know this sounds weird, but that actually gives me comfort. I respect your artistic ability a great deal, and to hear that from you tells me that those feelings are normal and that I am not strange for having them.

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Outstanding! Amazing carving, every little detail is right on. Love the skull-headed rivets!

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How did I miss this?

Fantastic conception and execution Jake and Owen...

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I thought I'd pinned this a long time ago, d'oh! VERY nice work, Jake. The metal is spectacular, but what I like the most is how your carving works so well with that incredible piece of maple, which in turn plays off the patterns in the blade. A tour de force!

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This thing is all kinds of awesome. :D

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Pardon me while I collect my jaw from the floor. Well done.

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Nice Job Jake. I have loved watching this one come together, pretty awsome.

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I took a closer look. Lovely blade Owen.

 

Great collaboration with everything tied together so nicely.

 

Jake, do you know of historical examples of European sub-surface carving as you have done on the hilt? It's so effective as you've done here.

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I've been looking at this for days, thinking that I would soon find the words to compliment this piece of art. I've since come to realize that I just cannot find them.

Also, I second Mr. Kelso's question!

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very cool Jake, skull seems very popular for the sword, ring, pendant, and etc.

I like dragon, and familiar with that, i hope one day i have a chance try on some skull one.

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