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Sorry to be so quiet here. So much happening these days in the macro and micro worlds.

 

Here's a piece taking shape in wood.

Long way to go but the form is largely there.

Finish will be varied size gouge cuts as in last photo with polished ridges.

 

 

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Your work is always so peaceful to look at. It's as if it radiates a calm, beautiful "energy" that I could stare at for hours..

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yes, I am looking forward to more. The overall piece sort of eludes me right now. I will be glad to see it come together.

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Thanks very much Kevin, Peter, Collin and Austin.

Sorry Kevin to be elusive. I want to have it finished before springing the narrative. (which I don't have totally sorted out anyway).

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no hurry. Unfolding and evolving is good. When you do get the narrative narrated and all, it would be cool to know what you started with. What did the original stock look like? That sort of thing.

 

Take care, and enjoy the process.

kc

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Sooo... two months later...

Slow progress is often real progress. An Eastern Spotted Newt, one of my favorite creatures, in copper uchidashi (hammer revealed). Not quite finished and currently, as shown, being sawn from the original sheet from whence it came. Uchidashi differs from repoussage in that the form is developed entirely from the front. The effect of this is to leave the body of the form at full thickness, leaving much more latitude in finishing the details from the the front. I got lots of progress shots so will try to post those showing the process. Piece will be added to the wood.

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Jim, you always post things that I would not have thought possible.

That is quite an impressive piece of work!

 

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aha! now I get a little more insight. That is one cool little newt! Seriously, great attention to detail and great technical skills to hollow form that.

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Wow! Really nice!! If a person has never tried sculpture you can't really appreciate the amount of work and thought that has to go into such a piece!

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Jim, you just blew my mind yet again! Dayyum! :ph34r:

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Thanks guys for all the comments! Much appreciated...

For info on technique see HERE

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Finally making more progress on this. All details to follow:

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And from the other side:

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Sometimes I just don't know what to say.  It's amazing how something so simple looking can belie just how beautiful, complex and amazingly well executed something is.  It makes my head explode.  In a very good way.  

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I just saw this, Jim. The new format of the forum has me confused in trying to see posts.

This is shaping to be beautiful in the end. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Thanks very much Wes and Jesus. I've gone through a few sticks of incense on this one...

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Ok, so now I have to write about what this is:

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Hey Jim, I just recently discovered your  works, and I really am speechless. It is such a pleasure to see your beautiful creations, the flow, the look... I'm in love with it!

Do you have any tips on how you create these water-like flows, they really look like straight out of a river...

Also, how do you finish the wood? Do you polish it with a polishing wheel?

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Thanks very much Jonas. Much appreciated.

I've been working at depicting water for a long time. I think you need to love being stream-side, and also study work of those successful in the past. You can feel it in your gut when it's right. Sorry, probably not that helpful.

I take the wood to 2,000 grit(American Standard). I then lightly buff with a very forgiving goblet type buff with compound designed for buffing lacquer which is also very mild in action. Most of the woods I use come to a very nice polish this way with no oil or other finish.

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I've already said this, but damnit Jim! (hehe, I had too). Your work is beautifully connected to nature and the "flow" of it. You have something that I envy.

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Thanks very much Austin. I understand my talent to be a gift. While I know envy, and certainly appreciate being able to do what I do, there are things that I value much higher; such as the pursuit of honesty and earning the trust of children.

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