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ScottR

Is Cody in this log? Carving my dog Cody from an ash log.

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Mr Natural    239
3 hours ago, ScottR said:

 The odd thing is it is actually two different holes from the back that meet in front to form a third.

 

 

it was meant to happen then. 

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ScottR    1,366

I found some figure beginning to show up and put a bit of mineral spirits on it to see how it might look further down the road.

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ScottR    1,366
6 minutes ago, Mr Natural said:

how many hours you got on this so far?

Guessing by the number of weekends since I began, somewhere around 200 roughly....

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ScottR    1,366
11 hours ago, Tim37 said:

interesting "part" right in the middle of his back

It is indeed Tim, especially since he actually does have a crooked part like that down his back.

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curtisa    466

It's easy to see where your knack for carving organic guitars comes from, Scott. That's an incredible looking piece of sculpture.

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Tim37    127

You should check out the bear  and knome threads

15 hours ago, curtisa said:

It's easy to see where your knack for carving organic guitars comes from, Scott. That's an incredible looking piece of sculpture.

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ScottR    1,366
On 6/17/2017 at 2:43 AM, curtisa said:

It's easy to see where your knack for carving organic guitars comes from, Scott. That's an incredible looking piece of sculpture.

Why thank you Andrew, it's mighty kind of you to say so.

And thanks for the plug Tim.:)

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ScottR    1,366

Cody got a pedicure this weekend and promptly jumped up on my jeep.

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Surveying his kingdom, it appears.

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Mr Natural    239

cool how that worked out around his snout- the bands are wrapping around but then it looks like the grain bands change direction right there starting at the eyes- then on top of his head. also- the bands around his body are perpendicular to those on his snout- all in that log you started with- very cool. 

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ScottR    1,366

That is one of the cool things that happens when you carve from a whole log. Most of the time the center of the log is also the center of your carving and you end up with cool symmetries in grain and a lot of non symmetrical patterns as well. The grain always ends up being a focal point as it highlights and accents contours. My first carvings were purely to see what happens to the grain when you cut across it with varied angles and curves. There's something pretty cool going on on the right side of his neck under his chin as well.

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Norris    209

Is it me or has Cody gotten a whole lot meaner recently? I'm sure he's staring me out!

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ScottR    1,366
1 hour ago, Norris said:

Is it me or has Cody gotten a whole lot meaner recently? I'm sure he's staring me out!

:D

You are not the only one to mention that.:) Those big ol' hooded eyebrows make him look that way sometimes....even the sweet little live version. I'm hoping that when I get the eyes finished they'll soften up a bit. 

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ScottR    1,366
54 minutes ago, Mr Natural said:

is he oiled in those last pics? Or what grit is that sanded to- he almost looks burnished. 

No oil yet. He has been micro-meshed up to 12000. I love what that does to the wood. It finds all the figure and makes it look deep and dance. Finish only makes it look better.

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ScottR    1,366

Let's see if we can make some eyes.

My wife always says Cody has such soft brown eyes....so I need to add a bit of brown dye to the irises.

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Next I fill the socket with Z-Poxy. I use one drop less hardener than resin to insure a hard glassy cure. That sounds counter-intuitive, doesn't it?

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That looks incredibly uncomfortable to me.

 

Both eyes are filled and the shape is rough carved back in while the epoxy is still somewhat plastic.

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I let that cure overnight and then next day, I sanded, shaped and polished them right on up the micro-mesh grits.

Here's looking at you, kid.

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ScottR    1,366

Time to oil him down. An awful lot of him was exposed end grain, so he ended up being quite thirsty.

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Those are not bubbles in his eyes, those are sparkles....

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....and twinkles.

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ScottR    1,366

It seems the stuff we put on him for fleas, ticks, and heartworms is useless against termites...and boring beetles or carpenter ants.

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Perhaps it shows a bit, but I'm pretty damn happy about the way his eyes came out.

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I believe my British friends would say I was quite chuffed with the results.

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Norris    209
15 hours ago, ScottR said:

Is he still staring you out @Norris?

He's certainly chilled out a bit now. Fabulous work - I'm very jealous of your talent!

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Norris    209
15 hours ago, ScottR said:

I believe my British friends would say I was quite chuffed with the results

And well you should be

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